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Workers in a Lean World : Unions in the International Economy - Kim Moody

Workers in a Lean World

Unions in the International Economy

By: Kim Moody

Paperback Published: 1st October 1997
ISBN: 9781859841044
Number Of Pages: 342

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A wide-ranging survey of labor's response to globalization. Despite frequent hostility from traditionally pro-labor political parties and opposition on the part of union leaderships, the threatened demise of organized labor across the globe had been greatly exaggerated. The mid-1990s have witnessed a remarkable upsurge in workers' militancy. From France, Germany and Belgium to Korea, Canada, and Brazil, the international labor movement has shown surprising resistance to the global reorganization of capital and the savage assaults of neoliberal state policy. In this comprehensive study of current labor relations worldwide, Moody surveys both sides of the picket lines. He provides a measured assessment of multinational managements' strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. He emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for international coordination among national unions and provides examples of where and how this had been achieved. A bracing riposte to conventional wisdom concerning the irresistible power of globalization, Workers in a Lean World is a definite account of contemporary labor relations on an international scale.

"Kim moody is one of the leading intellectuals of the labor movement. In this book he sweeps across the world to reveal exactly how class struggle between multinational capital and labor has shaped working conditions, capital mobility, state power, and the prospects for a visionary labor movement." - Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class "Of the many books we've seen on globalization, Workers in a Lean World presents the best analysis of how working people can respond strategically to the on-going transformation of capitalism." - Jeremy Brecher and Tim Costello, New Politics "This is an important addition to the literature on globalization and should be read by all union activists." - Laurie Clements, Labor Studies Journal "This is a very important study that deserves a wide audience." - Choice "An exceptional book..." - John Buell, The Progressive

ISBN: 9781859841044
ISBN-10: 185984104X
Series: The Haymarket Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 342
Published: 1st October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.57
Edition Number: 1