Challenging Global Corporate Power in the 21st Century
Conclusion. Re-Imagining Worker Resistance in the Twenty-First Century
CONCLUSION: RE-IMAGINING WORKER RESISTANCE IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
The interplay between labour movements and media forms that we have outlined and discussed in this book illustrates the extent to which this is linked to broader issues regarding the potential, nature and challenges of resisting dominant power structures in the modern world-system in order to make the idea that Another World Is Possible real. If there is a consensus to be reached among the debates surrounding the future of the labour movement in the twenty-first century it is that change, and significant change, is necessary for it to survive and flourish. The disagreement arises, unsurprisingly, over exactly what kinds of changes are needed. In the core of the world-system the major trade unions remain wedded to notions of business unionism or various forms of partnership with the state and corporate sector. The latter have only limited interest in relationships with trade unions, largely where the union is willing to act to police its membership against militant rank and file actions. Commentators such as Gray, a former neoliberal intellectual turned critic, argue that there is no possibility of a return to the golden age of social democracy within which many unions felt secure; that moment in the historical development of the modern world-system (limited as it was to specific parts of the core) has now passed (Gray, 2002). ← 213 | 214 →
This conclusion will provide an overview of how the debates around the future of the labour movement have...
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