Post by Harald - Admin on Jun 26, 2013 15:47:13 GMT 1
Where have strategic global partnerships led to collective power for workers (i.e. regional and global networks, global framework agreements)? What strategic concepts are being pursued toward building transnational union networks?
¿En dónde es que las asociaciones globales estratégicas han desembocado en poder colectivo para los trabajadores (como las redes regionales y globales, los acuerdos marco internacionales)? ¿Qué conceptos estratégicos se están buscando para construir redes sindicales transnacionales?
Onde parcerias estratégicas globais geraram poder coletivo para os trabalhadores (por exemplo, redes regionais e globais, acordos de regras globais)? Quais conceitos estratégicos estão sendo buscados para se construir redes transnacionais de sindicatos?
Post by ramoncerteza on Jun 27, 2013 5:04:04 GMT 1
Arguments about collective power and alliances among workers began to flourish as a result of the growing power and influence of multinational and transnational enterprises as well as the weakening of state regulations affecting labor market policies that led to weakening institutions and erosion of industrial relations. It is imperative to counter the balance of corporate interest by strengthening link and alliance towards a global industry union. The usefulness of GFAs as a tool to be negotiated by global unions in laying the ground or framework on how those MNE's behave is seen as an opportunity for the workers to exercise their rights, however, this might not be realize as such, due to unequal power of the union, unregulated nature of the agreement, among others. This may be remedied by building a solid campaign to organize the rank of the workers in the line of the industry/sector they belong or MNC brand specific, nationally, regionally and globally networked with a strong structure.
We have to clearly understand the SORT of the unions in Developed and Developing countries are different. Now, multinational companies are moving towards developing countries because of cheap labour and weak trade unions. The local Trade Unions must be strong to talk on issues in their land. The GFA is not the only solution to the country of land's workers. Trade Union rights can be guaranteed but the problem is to union practice. People working in the MNE's are not given the right to form trade unions with different reasons. MNEs are now very smart and they are employing contract workers, outsourced workers. There are different GUFs are in different sector but I strongly recommend to have a common international platform where all kind of MNE's union can represent but this is only be possible when all MNEs workers are organized. So there should be focus priority to building union in MNEs in every country, where they are.
Post by mphoshadrackmaru71 on Jun 29, 2013 12:58:50 GMT 1
Strategic global partnership have come up handy to workers power in many aspects, however the acquisition of knowledge through established global workers network is immeasurable. Strategic Network forums like the Global Labour University Open Discussions forum, the ILO online international debates, global unions international conferences impart new skills, attitude and knowledge via mentioned forums and thereafter disseminate the acquired knowledge to respective member countries. The new strategies and techniques learnt equip union leaders with mechanism of intensifying their arguments when confronted by repressive governments, rogue leaders or exploitative multinational directors who are preoccupied with making gigantic profits at the expense of vulnerable workers. For instance the Global Framework agreements are secretive to workers were trade unionism is weak, however through global interactions were come to learn how such imperative leverages can make employers take heed of workers plea. Of recent the world has been abuzz with strikes and turmoil in countries such as Turkey and Brazil and other countries were trade union leaders have been detained because of their trade union activism. Through the partnership the concerned countries and activities get solidarity support through donations and petitions that exert pressure to the perpetrated of evil and end up freeing the concerned individuals. Not only that, these global networks give us hope that if workers in other countries managed to change workers plight, so we can.
First I want to say this is a novel and welcome initiative. I have not previously come across inter/national unions or union-related bodies organising a public and worldwide exchange on the global union crisis. I find here names both familiar and new to me, raising relevant issues. I look forward to one or more extensive comments and conclusions drawn from the exercise.
Secondly, however, I wanted to express my regret that the exercise is limited to questions posed by the organiser(s) and that there is no 'open topic' or something similar which would allow us to add relevant comments that might go beyond the questions posed.
Thirdly, let me suggest that the recovery or reinvention of the labour movement requires us to focus not on the unions themselves but on the working class(es) worldwide, of which 85% are outside the unions. We cannot, I suggest, depend on an organisational form founded under(and limited by)a 19th-20th century capitalism to on its own provide the answer to 'the labour question' as posed by a 21st century capitalism, red in tooth and claw, that has declared war also on rural peoples, the indigenous, nature and the continued existence of life on earth.
Finally - and as someone who began the ongoing exchanges on 'social movement unionism'/'the new social unionism'in the later-1980s - I have made a proposal for a 'global labour charter movement', too long to be posted here, I think, but which can be found by those interested here: www.social-globalization.uni-kassel.de/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/Waterman_Global-Charter.pdf. Some might consider it utopian, others that confronted with the current capitalist dystopia we are condemned to being utopian. I would like to think that it does not contradict this present exchange but takes the matter a radical step further.
Ở đâu có quan hệ đối tác chiến lược toàn cầu đã dẫn đến sức mạnh tập thể cho công nhân (tức là mạng khu vực và toàn cầu, thỏa thuận khung toàn cầu)? Những gì khái niệm chiến lược đang được theo đuổi hướng tới xây dựng mạng lưới công đoàn xuyên quốc gia?