Break or weld?
Trade union responses to global value chain restructuring
Work organisation labour & globalisation, nr. 1 2008.
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International trade unionism is facing a serious challenge from what is commonly
called globalisation. Trade unions feel the need to ‘scale up’ their activities beyond
their, once paramount, national terrain and to challenge capital’s untrammelled
forward march internationalising and commodifying everything in its path. This article
examines the new forms of labour internationalism and the way in which trade unions
have been creating incipient counter-hegemonic strategies. The only certainty in this
globalised and complex situation is that a continuation of national era trade union
strategies is not a viable path. A possible ‘transformationalist’ alternative is posed in this
paper, arguing that labour needs a multi-layered and flexible response to the new global