© 1999

Labour Worldwide in the Era of Globalization

Alternative Union Models in the New World Order

  • Ronaldo Munck
  • Peter Waterman

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Context

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Ronaldo Munck
      Pages 3-23
  3. Theoretical Perspectives

  4. Labour West and East

  5. Labour South

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. José Ricardo Ramalho
      Pages 158-174
    3. Christopher Candland
      Pages 175-196
  6. Key Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Vic Thorpe
      Pages 218-228

About this book


This is an edited collection of items on unionism worldwide, recognising the crisis that an informatised and globalised capitalism implies for work, workers and the trade-union movement. It considers radical alternatives for labour organisation and action in the 21st century. The book includes contributions by informed academics and unionists and proposes alternative union policies or models in relation to the working class(es), to women, democracy, ecology, internationalism.


Brazil capitalism communication economic integration European Union (EU) futures globalization integration labour Mobile restructuring Russia trade transition unions

Editors and affiliations

  • Ronaldo Munck
    • 1
  • Peter Waterman
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Institute of Social StudiesThe HagueNetherlands

About the editors

LAURIE ADKIN Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada GLENN ADLER Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department and a staff associate of the Sociology of Work Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg KIRILL BUKETOV Editor-in-Chief of Rabochaya Politika (Workers Politics/Labour Policy), Russia CHRISTOPHER CANDLAND Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer in the Political Science Department at the University of California ANA MARIA CATALANO Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Buenos Aires AMRITA CHHACHHI Lecturer in Women's Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague GEORGE DEMARTINO Assistant Professor of International Economics, Graduate School of International Studies, University of Denver ANDRÉ GORZ considered a prominent post-industrial utopian RICHARD HYMAN Member of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at the University of Warwick THE CONFEDERATION OF JAPAN AUTOMOBILE WORKERS UNIONS (JAW) formed in 1972 and is the confederation of the enterprise-based labour unions of automobile manufacturers ERIC LEE Member of Kibbutz Ein Dor, Israel RENEE PITTIN Associate Professor in the Women and Development Programme, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague JOSE RICARDO RAMALHO Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil VIC THORPE General Secretary of International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) EDDIE WEBSTER Professor of Sociology and Director of the Sociology of Work Unit, University of the Witwatersrand

Bibliographic information


For anyone interested in the revitalization of labor, ties between labor and other social movements, or labor transnationalism, it is a worthwhile to read at least some of this book. Industrial and Labor Relations Review