Global unions as imperfect multilateral organizations: an international relations perspective

Cotton, Elizabeth and Gumbrell-McCormick, Rebecca (2012) Global unions as imperfect multilateral organizations: an international relations perspective. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 33 (4). pp. 707-728. ISSN 0143-831X (doi:10.1177/0143831X12436616)

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We apply an international relations framework and the notion of multilateral organizations as a means of understanding the nature of trade union internationalism, the conditions under which it operates. We argue that international trade unionism involves an imperfect multilateralism which requires close working relationships between small groups of unions in order to function, that is, a ‘minilateral’ method of working. By using this framework we attempt to highlight the intrinsic durability and adaptability of the Global Unions and also identify areas of activity that serve to strengthen them as organisations, primarily by building affiliates’ engagement and investment in them.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Global Unions, GUFs, Multilateralism, international relations, international solidarity
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
Item ID: 17171
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Depositing User: Elizabeth Cotton
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2015 11:35
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 21:19

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