Jeffrey Harrod, Robert O'Brien's Global Unions?: Theory and Strategies of Organized Labour in PDF

By Jeffrey Harrod, Robert O'Brien

ISBN-10: 0415288118

ISBN-13: 9780415288118

This edited assortment examines the interplay among business kin and diplomacy within the worldwide economic system. The function of exchange unions has replaced considerably within the period of financial globalization and this booklet analyzes the most important advancements in union approach on an area, nationwide, local and worldwide point.

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Here again the quantitative evidence for a massive increase in direct involvement is not overly impressive. 4 per cent of the world labour force. Likewise, the total proportion of the world labour force involved in the export industries (goods and services) is no more than 10 to 12 per cent. In conclusion, taking the global immigrant labour force, the workers in multinational corporations and those working in the export industries and adjusting for 14 Jeffrey Harrod and Robert O’Brien double counting (migrants working in export industries or MNCs) it may be that there is 10–15 per cent of the world labour force which has a direct and easily observable linkage with the global political economy.

One might term these the political, economic and social arenas, but that would imply a separation of spheres which does not exist. For example, the political arena takes decisions which have economic and social implications while the corporate world and civil society groups influence state policy. The levels on which labour must act range from the local community to national politics to international institutions to global relations around the world. For our purposes we have divided the levels into two categories – the local/national/regional level and the international/global level.

The first is labour’s complex task of engaging across a range of levels. Unions have restricted time and money and must make choices about where their activity should be concentrated. Different chapters have made their cases for looking at particular levels, leaving the question of priorities hanging unanswered. This is a strategic choice that unions must make depending upon the particular issue or corporation with which they are struggling. Local action is crucial to build union power, yet regional and state structures are increasingly influencing the environment under which labour can act.

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