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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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258 worker resistance and media Consciousness Industries 46–48, 59–66 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) 66–67 Corporatism 39, 43, 75, 138 CyberUnions 203, 209 D De-globalisation 15, 25, 41 Digital Campaigning 88–91 Digital Media 81–106, 187–211 Digital World-System 53–79 Domestic Worker 161–185 (the) East London Citizens Organisation (Telco) 123–125 E European Union (EU) 6–10, 48–49 F Facebook 176–181, 194–196 Fast Food Forward 139–160 First International 34–40 Friedman, Milton 57 G Gallin, Dan 8, 10, 43, 48, 51, 63, 77 General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 68, 217 General, Municipal, Boilermakers and Allied Trade Union (GMB) 112, 129 Gezi Park 16, 80, 91 Girls Intelligence Agency (GIA) 66 Globalisation 13–15, 27–34, 41–45, 53–79, 110–113 Globalisation From Above (GFA) 27–28, 55–56, 107–108 Globalisation From Below (GFB) 27–28, 30–33 Global Union Federations (GUFs) 107–108, 165–167, 182–183 Goldman Sachs 72 H Hacktivism 204–206 Habermas, Jürgen 13–14 Humanitarian Organisation for Migrant Employees (HOME) 170–181 Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company Limited (HSBC) 125, 131 Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions (HKCTU) 172–178 Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Unions (FADWU) 168 Hootesuite 66 Human Resources 65, 110 I Indignados 91 Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) 112 IndustriALL 20 Industrial Workers of Great Britain (IWGB) 128, 133, 136 Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) 33, 53, 79, 97, 110, 128, 133, 135–136 IndyMedia...

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