- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Comparative Employment Systems
- Institutions and Employment Relations
- Convergence and Divergence in Employment Relations
- Getting Down to Business: Varieties of Capitalism and Employment Relations
- Business Systems Theory and Employment Relations
- Developments and Extensions of ‘Régulation Theory’ and Employment Relations
- Capitalist Diversity, Work and Employment Relations
- Ownership Rights and Employment Relations
- Varieties of Institutional Theory in Comparative Employment Relations
- Institutions and the Industrial Relations Tradition
- Conflict, Order, and Change
- Employment Relations in Liberal Market Economies
- Social Democratic Capitalism
- Employment Regimes, Wage Setting, and Monetary Union in Continental Europe
- Continuity and Change in Asian Employment Systems: A Comparison of Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan
- Economies Undergoing Long Transition: Employment Relations in Central and Eastern Europe
- Employment Relations in Anglophone Sub-Saharan Africa
- The Left Turn in Latin America: Consequences for Employment Relations
- Developing Societies—Asia
- Employment Relations in the BRICS Countries
- Globalization and Labour Market Governance
- Work, Bodies, Care: Gender and Employment in a Global World
- Where are the Voices? New Directions in Voice and Engagement across the Globe
- Insecure Employment: Diversity and Change
- The Migration–Development Nexus, Women Workers, and Transnational Employment Relations
- The Neo-Liberal Turn and the Implications for Labour
- The State and Employment Relations
- Unions: Practices and Prospects
- Institutions, Management Strategies, and HRM
- New Actors in Employment Relations
- The Future of Employment Relations in Advanced Capitalism: Inexorable Decline?
- Name Index
- Subject Index
Abstract and Keywords
The chapter focuses on trade unionism, particularly over the last three decades. It begins the analysis with the observation that unions face challenges, relating to organization, capacity, and purpose. In the context of change in capitalist economies, some unions are beginning to renew themselves. However, this process is uneven. Unions face difficulties when the class composition and the politics associated with it changes, occasionally in dangerous and forbidding ways. The chapter discusses the prospects for a progressive and active form of unionism, characterized as social movement unionism. Nonetheless, the tensions between material concerns and alternatives about the ways in which society could be organized and may change remain in the forefront of union concern and purpose.
Peter Fairbrother, Professor of International Employment Relations, RMIT University.
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