This book brings together many of the today’s leading labour scholars to assess the current state and future prospects of organised labour world-wide. It offers analysis of the causes and extent of the movement’s current malaise from a variety of vantage points. It provides eight national and regional studies – China, Britain, France, the US, Eastern Europe, Brazil, Ghana and Cameroon – that detail problems faced and the revitalisation strategies trade unions have pursued in response. It also offers fresh scholarly perspectives on a host of pressing labour issues: the extent and impact of global corporate restructuring; the ongoing fight to achieve core labour standards; the enduring importance of gender and diversity; the fortunes of the international labour movement; the relationship between trade unions and NGOs; the intellectual response to organised labour’s present predicament; and the role of labour in the global social justice movement. With its expansive focus and interdisciplinary approach, this collection will stand as a starting point for any investigation into the status of organised labour in the contemporary world.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2006, 2007. 404 pp.
Contents: Dan Gallin: Foreword – Craig Phelan: The Future of Organised Labour – Bill Dunn: Globalisation, Labour and the State
– Mark Anner: The Paradox of Labour Transnationalism: Trade Union Campaigns for Labour Standards in International Institutions
– Sue Ledwith: The Future as Female? Gender, Diversity and Global Labour Solidarity – Ronaldo Munck: Globalisation, Labour
and the ‘Polanyi Problem’ – Peter Waterman: Trade Unions, NGOs, and Global Social Justice: Another Tale to Tell – Rob Lambert:
An Early Phase of Transition: Global Corporations and the Reconfiguration of Trade Union Power – Steve Jefferys: Forward to
the Past? Ideology and Trade Unionism in France and Britain – Dan Clawson: US Labour and the Neoliberal Challenge: Destruction
or a New Upsurge? – Anita Chan: Realities and Possibilities for Chinese Trade Unionism – David Ost: After Postcommunism: Legacies
and the Future of Unions in Eastern Europe – Andréia Galvão: Trade Unions and Neoliberal Politics in Brazil – Piet Konings:
African Trade Unions and the Challenge of Globalisation: A Comparative Study of Ghana and Cameroon.