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Global unions: Past efforts and future prospects

Fairbrother, Peter and Hammer, Nikolaus Karl 2005. Global unions: Past efforts and future prospects. Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations 60 (3) , pp. 405-431. 10.7202/012153ar

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International trade unionism faces a major challenge. Historically, Global Union Federations have been small and relatively remote international union secretariats with limited capacity to mobilize and speak on behalf of local members. However, with the changing architecture of international capital and nation states, these union bodies have started to renew themselves. The argument is that the emergent political economy provides the base upon which these unions can begin to campaign and represent members in more dynamic ways than in the past. Critical to these developments has been the promulgation of International Framework Agreements which adapt and extend familiar tools of representation. The outcome is the possibility of a multi-faceted form of trade unionism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Publisher: Departement des relations industrielles de l'Universite Laval
ISSN: 0034-379x
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 12:49

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