Globalisation is transforming the world in ways that we are only just beginning to understand. It is often assumed that social movements, such as that of labour, will simply be overwhelmed by these changes. This book carries out a wide-ranging examination of theoretical and practical dimensions of globalisation and the responses of the labour movement to the challenges it poses. Contributors explore the trend towards the globalisation of labour, the influences of globalisation at the sub-global spatial level, and the effects of globalisation in a social dimension. In different ways, from different angles and taking up different positions, all the chapters in "Labour and Globalisation" can be seen as contributions to the development of a labour-based challenge to the ravages of globalisation. They are, on the whole, neither optimistic nor pessimistic but seek out possibilities as well as establishing limits to labour transnationalism in the era of globalisation.
RONALDO MUNCK is Professor of Political Sociology at the University of Liverpool. Born and educated in Argentina, Ronaldo went on to do a PhD at the Unversity of Essex on the Brazilian Military Coup in 1964. Since then he has published widely on Latin America, from the best-selling Politics and Dependency in the Third World: The Case of Latin America (1984) to Contemporary Latin America (forthcoming). He is currently Senior Editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research as well as an editor of the US journal Latin American Perspectives, and has been engaged to edit a book series on globalization for the Kumarian Press in the USA.
PART I: GLOBAL DIMENSIONS 1. An Emerging Agenda for Trade Unions? Richard Hyman 2. The ICFTU and the World Economy - An Historical Perspective 3. Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick 4. Globalisation, Imperialism and the Labour Standards Debate Robert O'Brien 5. Towards Global Networked Unions Eric Lee PART II: SPATIAL DIMENSIONS 6. Re-Scaling Trade Union Organisation: Lessons From the European Front Line Jane Wills 7. Australia and Beyond: Targeting Rio Tinto James Goodman 8. International Solidarity and Labour in South Africa Roger Southall and Andries Bezuidenhout 9. NAFTA (North American Free Trade Association) and Labour: Nationalist Reflexes and Transnational Imperatives John D French PART III: SOCIAL DIMENSIONS 10. Beyond Unions: Labour, Codes of Conduct and Women Working Worldwide Linda Shaw 11. Globalisation and Child Labour: Protection, Liberation or Anti-Capitalism? Michael Lavalette and Steve Cunningham 12. Globalisation, Trade Unionism and Solidarity: Further Reflections on the Liverpool Dock Lock-Out Jane Kennedy and Michael Lavalette 13. Globalisation and Trade Union Strategy: Evidence from the International Civil Aviation Industry Paul Blyton, Miguel Martinez Lucio, John McGurk and Peter Turnbull
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