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Trade Union Revitalisation

Trends and Prospects in 34 Countries

Edited By Craig Phelan

Although trade unionism has been declining in virtually every part of the world, its continued demise is not a foregone conclusion. As it has throughout its history, trade unionism has demonstrated a capacity to adapt, to make its voice heard, to reassert its power. The scale and scope of experimentation taking place in the labour movement today is testimony not just to the depth of the crisis but also to the possibility of resurgence in the years ahead. This book is an essential resource for anyone wishing to know about contemporary labour issues. It offers a comprehensive introduction to the state of trade unionism in the world today, and the often innovative strategies and tactics trade unionists are using to revive their organisations in each of the major nations of the world. Leading labour scholars discuss, in clear prose, the health of the trade union movement, the present political and economic climate for trade union advancement, the dominant revitalisation strategies, and future prospects in each nation. Each chapter includes an up-to-date guide to further reading.


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CRAIG PHELAN Worldwide Trends and Prospects for Trade Union Revitalisation 11 DAN CLAWSON and MARY ANN CLAWSON US Unions and Revitalisation Strategies in the Neo-Liberal Era 39 CHARLOTTE A.B. YATES Missed Opportunities and Forgotten Futures: Why Union Renewal in Canada Has Stalled 57 GRACIELA BENSUSÁN Trade Unionism in Mexico: Current Situation and Obstacles to Renewal 75 JOSÉ RICARDO RAMALHO Trade Unions and Politics in Brazil 91 MAURIZIO ATZENI and PABLO GHIGLIANI The Resilience of Traditional Trade Union Practices in the Revitalisation of the Argentine Labour Movement 105 HÉCTOR LUCENA Trade Unionism in Venezuela: The Current Situation 121 VOLKER FRANK The Difficult Road for Trade Unionism in Chile 131 PETER FAIRBROTHER Trade Union Revitalisation: Trends and Prospects in the United Kingdom 145 Contents 8 SYLVIE CONTREPOIS Shifting Patterns in French Trade Unionism 159 MARTIN BEHRENS, MICHAEL FICHTER and CAROLA M. FREGE Trade Union Revitalisation in Germany 173 LENI BEUKEMA Trade Union Revitalisation in the Netherlands 187 KERSTIN HAMANN and MIGUEL MARTINEZ LUCIO Trade Union Revitalisation in Spain 199 ALAN STOLEROFF Portuguese Trade Unionism: Dilemmas and Prospects 213 VALERIA PULIGNANO Understanding the Changing Influence of Trade Unions in Contemporary Italy 229 SABINE BLASCHKE Austria: Corporatist Unionism in Crisis 245 ANDERS KJELLBERG The Swedish Trade Union System in Transition: High but Falling Union Density 259 JENS LIND Trade Unions in Demark: Still Victorious? 287 DAVID OST Trade Union Revitalisation in Poland: Trends and Prospects 303 SARAH ASHWIN Russian Trade Unions: Stuck in Soviet-Style Subordination? 319 Contents 9 MARTIN MYANT Trade Unions...

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