Transnational organizing: a case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industry

Cotton, Elizabeth and Royle, Tony (2014) Transnational organizing: a case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industry. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52 (4) . pp. 705-724. ISSN 0007-1080 [Article] (doi:10.1111/bjir.12029)

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This article examines recent organizing successes in the Carbones del Cerrejón coal mine, reversing the organizational crisis of the Colombian mining union, Sintracarbon. Using Wever's concept of ‘field-enlarging strategies’, we argue that these events were facilitated by the dissemination of organizing experiences between affiliates of a Global Union Federation, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), which recently merged to form IndustriALL. Additionally, we argue that this articulation between international and national unions, based on the principle of subsidiarity, was facilitated through sustained ICEM educational project activity, providing multiple entry points for Sintracarbon to operationalize its strategy and re-establish bargaining with multinational employers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
Keywords (uncontrolled): Colombia, mining, extractive industries, global unions, international solidarity, Anglo American Plc, Glencore, BHP Billiton, Carbonnes del Cerrejon, Sintracarbon, ICEM, Industriall, trade union education, contract and agency workers, paramilitary
Research Areas: A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 17172
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cotton, E. and Royle, T. (2014), Transnational Organizing: A Case Study of Contract Workers in the Colombian Mining Industry. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52: 705–724. doi: 10.1111/bjir.12029, which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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