Global Unions past efforts and future prospects

Fairbrother, P and Hammer, N 2005, 'Global Unions past efforts and future prospects', Relations Industrielles, vol. 60, no. 3, pp. 405-431.


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Title Global Unions past efforts and future prospects
Author(s) Fairbrother, P
Hammer, N
Year 2005
Journal name Relations Industrielles
Volume number 60
Issue number 3
Start page 405
End page 431
Total pages 27
Publisher Universite Laval, Department of Industrial Relations
Abstract 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.
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