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Rumours of the death of the global labour movement have been greatly exaggerated. Rising from the ashes of the old trade union movement, workers' struggle is being reborn from below.

By engaging in what Karl Marx called a workers' inquiry, workers and militant co-researchers are studying their working conditions, the technical composition of capital, and how to recompose their own power in order to devise new tactics, strategies, organisational forms and objectives. These workers' inquiries, from call centre workers to teachers, and adjunct professors, are re-energising unions, bypassing unions altogether or innovating new forms of workers' organisations.

In one of the first major studies to critically assess this new cycle of global working class struggle, Robert Ovetz collects together case studies from over a dozen contributors, looking at workers' movements in China, Mexico, the US, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, India and the UK. The book reveals how these new forms of struggle are no longer limited to single sectors of the economy or contained by state borders, but are circulating internationally and disrupting the global capitalist system as they do.

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Introduction - Robert Ovetz


1. Camioneros: The Argentine Truckers’ Union that Can Paralyze the Country - Dario Bursztyn

2. When Class Unionism Leads to Working-Class Recomposition: The Case of TÜMTİS in Turkey - Alpkan Birelma

3. Resisting Sexism and Racism in Italian Logistics Worker Organizing - Anna Curcio


4. Making Threats: Credible Strike Threats in the US, 2012–2016 - Robert Ovetz

5. The Self-Organization of the Mexican Multitude Against Neoliberal State Terror: The CNTE Dissident Teachers’ Movement Against the 2013 Education Reform - Patrick Cuninghame

6. Notes from Below: A Brief Survey of Class Composition in the UK - Callum Cant, Sai Englert, Lydia Hughes, Wendy Liu, Achille Marotta, Seth Wheeler, and Jamie Woodcock


7. Worker Organizing in China: Challenges and Opportunities - Jenny Chan

8. Self-Organizing is Breathing Life into Workers’ Struggles in South Africa - Shawn Hattingh and Dr. Dale T. McKinley

9. Towards a Global Workers’ Inquiry: A Study of Indian Precarious Auto Workers - Lorenza Monaco

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Date de parution 20 octobre 2020
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EAN13 9781786806451
Langue English

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Workers’ Inquiry and Global Class Struggle
Wildcat: Workers’ Movements and Global Capitalism
Series Editors: Immanuel Ness (City University of New York) Malehoko Tshoaedi (University of Johannesburg) Peter Cole (Western Illinois University) Raquel Varela (Instituto de História Contemporânea (IHC) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon New University) Kate Alexander (University of Johannesburg) Tim Pringle (SOAS, University of London)
Workers’ movements are a common and recurring featu re in contemporary capitalism. The same militancy that inspired the mass labour movements of the twentieth century continues to define worker struggles that proliferate throughout the world today. For more than a century, labour unions have mobilised to represent the political-economic interests of workers by uncovering the abuses of ca pitalism, establishing wage standards, improving oppressive working conditions, and bargaining with employers and the state. Since the 1970s, organised labour has declined in size an d influence as the global power and influence of capital has expanded dramatically. The world over, existing unions are in a condition of fracture and turbulence in response to neoliberalism, financialisation, and the reappearance of rapacious forms of imperialism. New and modernised unions are adapting to conditions and creating class-conscious workers’ movement rooted in militancy and solidarity. Ironically, while the power of organised labour con tracts, working-class militancy and resistance persists and is growing in the Global South. Wildcat publishes ambitious and innovative works on the history and political economy of workers’ movements and is a forum for debate on pivotal movements and labour struggles. The series applies a broad definition of the labour movement to include workers in and out of unions, and seeks works that examine proletarianisation and class formation; mass production; gender, affective and reproductive labour; imperial ism and workers; syndicalism and independent unions, and labour and Leftist social and political movements.
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