'Labour and the Challenges of Globalization breaks new ground by anchoring the response of labour to globalization in the strategies of individual labour movements. Through ten excellent country reports, leading labour scholars show how new struggles are emerging in the face of hyper-competition and the expanding informalisation of work. It is a persuasive plea for a new form of transnational solidarity that goes beyond traditional trade unionism.' Eddie Webster, Professor of Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa 'In an era when capital strikes back globally, old tools are no longer enough. The book Labour and the Challenges of Globalization makes an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the situation of the working class today.' Clas Linder, First Vice President, Swedish Transport Workers' Union This book critically examines the responses of the working classes of the world to the challenges posed by the neoliberal restructuring of the global economy. Neoliberal globalisation, the book argues, has created new forms of polarisation in the world.
A renewal of working class internationalism must address the situation of both the more privileged segments of the working class and the more impoverished ones. The study identifies new or renewed labour responses among formalised core workers as well as those on the periphery, including street-traders, homeworkers and other 'informal sector' workers. The book contains ten country studies, including India, China, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Sweden, Canada, South Africa, Argentina and Brazil. It argues that workers and trade unions, through intensive collaboration with other social forces across the world, can challenge the logic of neoliberal globalization.
Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Ingemar Lindberg, a former trade unionist, is a senior researcher at the Swedish think-tank Agora.Devan Pillay, a former trade unionist, is Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.