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Re-imagining global union representation under globalisation: a case of seafaring labour and the Nautilus International cross-border merger

Gekara, Victor Oyara, Acejo, Iris and Sampson, Helen 2013. Re-imagining global union representation under globalisation: a case of seafaring labour and the Nautilus International cross-border merger. Global Labour Journal 4 (3) , pp. 167-185.

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Abstract

This paper reflects on the opportunities and challenges for labour movement revitalisation through cross-border organising. It considers whether, and how, unions may innovate and present a united front, where transnational employers actively seek to divide and fragment labour for cost advantage. The analysis examines the relevance of path-dependency theory to an explanation of some of the observed limitations to innovation and adaptability among unions. In the light of growing debates about union renewal in the context of globalisation, we examine the obstacles to an effective response to global capital by national unions using the illustrative example of Nautilus International (NI). We conclude that cross-border union organising strategies, such as adopted by NI, are essential to sustain effective representation but great challenges, related to path-dependency exist.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-border unions, innovative unions, Nautilus International, path-dependency, union capacity
Publisher: Digital Commons
ISSN: 1918-6711
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 13:07
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57810

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