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Trade Union Revitalisation

Trends and Prospects in 34 Countries

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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Index All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) 13–14, 489–502 American Federation of Labor–Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL–CIO) 24, 31, 41–42, 44, 47–49, 311, 366 Anti-sweatshop campaigns 23 Argentina Central de Trabajadores Argen- tinos (CTA) 110, 114, 115, 118 Collective bargaining 108–109 Confederación General de Tra- bajadores (CGT) 110, 114, 115, 118 Personería gremial 107, 110, 113, 114, 115, 117 Politics 112–113, 114 Poverty 105, 111, 118 Social protest, 112, 116–117 Strikes 107–108, 115–116 Union density 106–107, 117 Asociace Samostatnch Odbor (ASO) (Czech Republic) 335, 336, 343, 344, 345 Austria 17 Austrian Trade Union Confeder- ation (ÖGB) 245, 246, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256 Collective bargaining 245–246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 253 Politics 247, 256 Social partnership 246, 247, 252–253, 254, 256 Strikes 254 Union democracy 252–253 Union density 247–248, 255 Union mergers 254–255 Women 250, 251 Works councils 246, 248, 249, 251, 252, 253 Austrian Trade Union Confederation (ÖGB) 245, 246, 248, 249, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256 Australia 17, 24–25, 62 Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 548, 550–551, 557, 558, 559 Collective bargaining 550–555 Politics 555–557, 559–560 Union density 547, 548–550 Union mergers 557–558 Work Choices legislation 551– 552, 553, 555, 556, 557, 559, 560 Your Rights at Work campaign 559–560 Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) 548, 550–551, 557, 558, 559 Aznar, José Mar...

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