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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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Notes on Contributors SARAH ASHWIN is a Reader in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics. She has been doing research in Russia since 1991. She is the author of Russian Workers: The Anatomy of Patience (1999), and co-author (with Simon Clarke) of Russian Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in Transition (2003). MAURIZIO ATZENI holds a PhD in Industrial Relations. He is researcher at De Montfort University and Coordinator of the network LabourAgain. MARTIN BEHRENS is programme director for European employ- ment relations at the Institute for Economic and Social Research (WSI)/Hans Boeckler Foundation, Düsseldorf. GRACIELA BENSUSÁN is a professor/researcher at the Universidad Autonoma Metroplitana-Xochimilco, and is affiliated with FLACSO in Mexico City. She is the author of numerous books and articles on comparative labour policy, organisations and institutions. LENI BEUKEMA is Associate Professor of Labour Studies in the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences at Utrecht University. Her research activities and publications focus on labour movements, HRM, networked organisations and globalisation/localisation at work. SABINE BLASCHKE is a sociologist and assistant professor in the Department of Industrial Sociology at the University of Vienna, Austria. Her present research interests focus on trade unions, women in trade unions and women’s employment situation. SAKHELA BUHLUNGU is professor of sociology and co-director of the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand. Notes on Contributors 564 He has published widely on labour and politics in South Africa, and most recently he edited the volume, Trade Unions and Democracy (2006)...

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