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Worker Resistance and Media

Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century


Lina Dencik and Peter Wilkin

With developments in media technologies creating new opportunities and challenges for social movements to emerge and mobilize, this book is a timely and necessary examination of how organized labour and workers movements are engaging with this shifting environment. Based on extensive empirical research into emerging migrant and low-wage workers movements and their media practices, this book takes a critical look at the nature of worker resistance to ever-growing global corporate power in a digital age. Situating trade unionism in historical context, the book considers other forms of worker organizations and unionism, including global unionism, social movement unionism, community unionism, and syndicalist unionism, all of which have become increasingly relevant in a digitized world-system. At a time when the labour movement is said to be in crisis, this book is essential reading for anyone interested in the state of the labour movement, the future of unions, and the possibilities for challenging corporate exploitation of workers today.


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AEEU Amalgamated Engineering and Electrical Union AFL-CIO American Federation of Labour-Congress of Industrial Organisations ADWU Asian Domestic Workers Union ACORN Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now BRIC Brazil, Russia, India and China CWU Communications Workers Union COSATU Congress of South African Trade Unions CSR Corporate Social Responsibility EU European Union GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade GMB General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union GIA Girls Intelligence Agency GFA Globalisation from Above GFB Globalisation from Below GUFs Global Union Federations HSBC Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited HKCTU Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions FADWU Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions x worker resistance and media HOME Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Employees HR Human Resources IAF Industrial Area Foundation IWGB Industrial Workers of Great Britain IWW Industrial Workers of the World ICFTU International Confederation of Free Trade Unions IDWF International Domestic Workers Federation ICEM International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and (now General Workers’ Unions IndustriALL) ILO International Labour Organisation IMF International Monetary Fund ITU International Telecommunications Union ISPs Internet Service Providers J4C Justice for Cleaners JFJ Justice for Janitors KCTU Korean Confederation of Trade Unions LAWA Latin American Workers Association LLW London Living Wage MAI Multilateral Agreement on Investment MNCs Multinational Corporations NUHW National Union of Health Workers RMT National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers NYCC New York Communities for Change NGO Non-Governmental Organisation NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement PR Public Relations SEIU Service Employees International Union Telco The East London...

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