Article i 'Tidsskrift for arbejdsliv' no.3 1999, page 7-29.
Information technology, working life and trade unions
A global challenge and a Swedish response
The article analyses the development of IT and presents the apparent paradox between, on the one hand the new challenges for unions inherent in the IT-development and on the other hand the relatively modest union activity in the area. The experience with the collective resource approach is discussed, and the article asks for a renewal of this policy which takes the situation of the institutionalised unions into account. The Swedish trade union confederation LO and its IT-policy is discussed as an example of a new answer to the IT-challenge. Although the LO is not that successful in its activities and ideas, including the creation of social movement among members in their role as consumers of IT, the LO work points to possible directions into the future.