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A Global Union for Global Workers
Collective Bargaining and Regulatory Politics in Maritime Shipping

ISBN 9780415882972
Published June 18, 2010 by Routledge
230 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This is a book about how global unionism was born in the maritime shipping sector. It argues that the industrial structure of shipping, and specifically the interconnected nature of shipping production chains, facilitated the globalization of union bargaining strategy, and the transnationalization of union structures for mobilizing industrial action. This, in turn, led to global collective bargaining institutions and effective union participation in global regulatory politics. This study uses a variety of source and analytical techniques, relying heavily on interviews with union official and other maritime industry people in many countries.

Table of Contents

1. Global Union Strategies for a Global Industry  2. The Maritime Shipping Industry and Maritime Industrial Relations  3. Surveying the Literature  4. How to Catch the Capitalist on the Move: Implementing a Global Uniform Wage Scale on Flag of Convenience Ships  5. Bargaining Globally and Boycotting Locally: Transnational Networks and Global Unionism in Maritime Shipping  6. Seafarer Qualifications, Labor Market Power, and Global Regulatory Politics: Union and Employer Political Strategies for Shaping Access to Global Maritime Labor Markets  7. Dock Unions' Collective Self Defense and the FOC Campaign  8. Breaking No Eggs and Making No Omelettes: Transnational Union Strategies in the Global World Economy  9. Conclusion

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Nathan Lillie is a Fellow at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies. His articles on international unionism and labor standards have appeared in the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Relations Industrielles/ Industrial Relations, and Environment and Planning-A. He is currently researching the role of labor in global governance.