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Author: Ronaldo Munck
Publisher: Madhyam Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 818681616X
Intellectual fashion currently focuses on us as consumers, but the world of production and services still needs us as workers. While globalization has, in part, been driven over the past two decades by the transnational corporations search for cheap labour in new regions of the South, scholarly research and the mass media have paid remarkably little attention to the consequent changes that are happening in the world of work.
This book is the first to deal comprehensively and analytically with labour’s response to globalization. It provides a critical overview of the main challenges facing workers and trade unions worldwide. Its author argues that what may be described as the national period in labour history is decisively over. New the labour movement is itself acting increasingly in a transnational manner. This hold out the hope of its playing a major role in the social regulation of a global economic system which is largely out of control.
The author explains how globalization is foisting flexibilisation and feminization on working people, but in the process also making them conscious of their transnational links. The old internationalism of the trade-union movement is now showing signs of developing into a new internationalism where workers develop a sense of common interest and new ways of organizing that transcend national boundaries.
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Labour in the Global
The Golden Era
The Era of Globalisation
The Old Internationalism
The New Internationalism
Results and Prospects