Place, Space and the New Labour Internationalisms

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  • Copyright: 2002-01-21
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Over the last 10 or 15 years there has been a revival of labor and trade union internationalism. This regeneration is attracting the attention of a new generation of committed thinkers who are deploying new types of scholarship. Labor internationalism is looked at not only in terms of political economy or industrial and international relations, but also in terms of social movement theory and in relationship to global civil society. Notions of labor-community alliances, or the alliance of labor with radical-democratic social movements, are being projected onto the world stage. Radical social geographers have made a notable contribution to this debate by focusing on the scaled politics of labor organisation. This collection, co-edited by scholars from an older and younger generation, is a very original attempt to grapple with the challenges of globalization for labor. The collection includes contributions from academics and activists based in the North and South. bull; bull;Includes chapters from leading labor activists including Kjeld Jacobsen, International Secretary of the largest Brazilian trade union federation (the CUT) and Dan Gallin, Chair of the Global Labor Institute, Geneva bull;Focuses on the interconnections between labor internationalism and the environment, women and race in North and South America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and South Africa. bull;Provides an up-to-date review of the academic literature on labor internationalism while exploring contemporary examples of workers' organization.

Author Biography

Peter Waterman (London, 1936) is the author of Globalisation, Social Movements and the New Internationalisms (Cassell, London, 1998), and co-editor, with Ronaldo Munck of Labour Worldwide in the Era of Globalisation: Alternative Union Models in the New World Order (Macmillan, London, 1999). He has published widely in academic and political journals, in English and Spanish. Since 1994 he has had visiting positions or fellowships at universities in the UK, US, South Africa and Mexico. He worked for over a quarter century within the labour studies and politics of alternative development strategies programmes of the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague. He took early retirement in 1998. His current interests are: global solidarity movements, in political, communicational, and cultural terms; the life histories of internationalists - and his long-suffering Global Solidarity website.

Jane Wills is Lecturer in Geography at Queen Mary, University of London. She is co-author of Union Retreat and the Regions: the shrinking landscape of organised labour (Jessica Kingsley, London, 1996), Dissident Geographies: an introduction to radical ideas and practice (Prentice Hall, London, 2000) and co-editor of Geographies of Economies (Arnold, London, 1997). She has long-term political and research interests in orgasnised labour and has undertaken ESRC-funded research into European Works Councils, union renewal and partnership agreements.

Table of Contents

Place, Space and the New Labour Internationalisms
Introduction: Place, Space and the New Labour Internationalisms: Beyond the Fragments?
Peter Waterman
Jane Wills
New Developments in Trade Union Internationalism
Trade Union Internationalism in the Age of Seattle
Peter Waterman
Southern Unionism and the New Labour Internationalism
Rob Lambert
Eddie Webster
Rethinking the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions and its Inter-American Regional Organization
Kjeld Jakobsen
Transnational Capital, urban Globalisation and Cross-Border Solidarity: The Case of the South African Municipal Workers
Franco Barchiesi
Labor Internationalism and the Contradictions of Globalization: Or, Why the Local is Sometimes Still Important in a Global Economy
Andrew Herod
New Issues for Labour Internationalism
World Trade and Workers' Rights: In Search of an Internationalist Position
Rohini Hensman
NAFTA's Labor Side Agreement and International Labor Solidarity
Lance Compa
European Integration and Industrial Relations: A Case of Variable Geometry?
Richard Hyman
Uneven Geographies of Capital and Labour: The Lessons of European Works Councils
Jane Wills
Women Workers and the Promise of Ethical Trade in the Globalised Garment Industry: A Serious Beginning?
Angela Hale
Linda Shaw
Propositions on Trade Unions and Informal Employment in Times of Globalisation
Dan Gallin
A Manifesto Against Femicide
Melissa Wright
Union Responses to Mass Immigration: The Case of Miami, USA
Bruce Nissen
Guillermo Grenier
Index 289

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