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Trade Unionism since 1945: Towards a Global History. Volume 1

Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Africa and the Middle East


Craig Phelan

This book offers the detailed historical background required for a holistic appreciation of current problems faced and the possibilities for revitalisation. In two volumes it provides introductory overviews of trade union development since the end of World War II in 26 countries from every corner of the globe. Each chapter explains the main contours of trade union growth and development in one country from the pivotal year 1945 to the present. Each chapter assesses the often dynamic expansion of trade unionism in the 1950s and 1960s; the role of trade unionism in the movements for national liberation in the Global South and the erection of social welfare systems in the developed North; the economic shocks that resulted in membership decline and loss of political influence from the late 1970s onward; the economic restructuring and growing labour market diversity of the 1980s and 1990s that undercut the traditional bases of trade union membership; and the historical roots of the contemporary political and economic context in which revitalisation efforts are taking place.
Contents: Craig Phelan: Introduction – Patrick Pasture: Belgian Trade Unions: Between Social Movement and Service Centre – Guy Groux: France: The State, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - Reform or Impasse? – Stephen J. Silvia: German Trade Unionism in the Postwar Years: The Third and Fourth Movements – Valeria Pulignano: An Historical Analysis of Trade Unionism in Italy: Between Pluralism of Ideas and Unity of Action – Miguel Martínez Lucio/Kerstin Hamann: Trade Unions and the Politics of Renewal in Spain in Historical Context: Making and Enacting Regulation and Representation – Anders Kjellberg: The Swedish Model of Industrial Relations: Self-Regulation and Combined Centralisation-Decentralisation – Keith Laybourn: Trade Unionism in Britain since 1945 – László Neumann: The History of Trade Unionism in Hungary, 1945-2002 – David Ost/Michal Wenzel: Trade Unionism in Poland since 1945 – Paul Kubicek: Ukrainian Trade Unions since 1945 – Piet Konings: The History of Trade Unionism in Cameroon – Itzhak Harpaz: Trade Unionism in Israel since 1945: Its Origins and Functions – Ifeanyi P. Onyeonoru/Jimi O. Adesina: Trade Unions in Nigeria since 1945 – Sakhela Buhlungu/Edward Webster: Workers Divided, Workers Uniting: South African Unions since 1945 – Freek Schiphorst: Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions.