Transnational Trade Unionism
Building Union Power
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Through the work of leading international specialists, this collection of essays examines the process and dynamic of transnational trade union action and provides analytical and conceptual tools to understand these developments. The research presented here emphasizes that the direction of transnational solidarity remains contested, subject to experimentation and negotiation, and includes studies of often overlooked developments in transition and developing countries with original analyses from the European Union and NAFTA areas. Providing a fresh examination of transnational solidarity, this volume offers neither a romantic or overly optimistic narrative of a borderless unionism, nor does it fall into a fatalistic or pessimistic account of international union solidarity. Through original research conducted at different levels, this book disentangles the processes and dynamics of institution building and challenges the conventional national based forms of unionism that prevailed in the latter half of the twentieth century.
Introduction 1. Understanding Transnational Trade Unionism Peter Fairbrother, Marc-Antonin Hennebert, and Christian Levesque Part 1: Workplace Trade Unions: Bridging the Local and the Global 2. Workers' Power: Fighting Sweatshop Practices at Russell Athletic in Honduras Mark Anner 3. Building North-South Transnational Trade Union Alliances: Prospects and Challenges Melanie Dufour-Poirier and Christian Levesque 4. Trade Union Strategies in Cross-Border Actions: Articulating Institutional Specificity with Local Power Dynamics Christian Levesque, Gregor Murray, Chrsitian Dufour and Adelheid Hege 5. The Fragilities of East-West Union Cooperation: A Strike at Renault-Dacia Michele Descolonges Part 2: National Trade Unions: Shaping New Forms of Solidarity 6. Building Transnational Unionism: Australian Transport Maritime Unions in the World Peter Fairbrother 7. Creating Spaces for Labor Internationalism: National Industrial Unions in the Southern Hemisphere and their Strategies Armel Brice Adanhounme and Christian Levesque 8. Local Actors and Transnational Structures: Explaining Trends in Multinational Company-Level Negotiations in Europe Valeria Pulignano, Volker Telljohaan, Isabel Da Costa and Udo Rehfeldt 9. European Trade Unions and the Long March through the Institutions: From Integration to Contention? Richard Hyman Part 3: International Trade Unionism: Crafting Institutions for the 21st Century 10. The International Labor Movement: Structures and Dynamics Rebecca Gumbrell-McCormick 11. Transnational Solidarity around Global Production Networks? Reflections on the Strategy of International Framework Agreements Michael Fichter, Markus Helfen and Katharina Schiederig 12. Opening the Black Box of Cross-Border Union Alliances: A Case Study Marc-Antonin Hennebert and Reynald Bourque 13. Labor Standards in Segmented Markets: The Construction Industry in Delhi and Moscow Nikolaus Hammer Conclusion 14. Futures of Transnational Unionism Peter Fairbrother, Marc-Antonin Hennebert and Christian Levesque