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20 September 2012, ITUH, Bd du Roi Albert II, 5; 1210 Brussels, room B

ETUI Monthly Forum: Union renewal through multi-level campaigns and new alliances

Speaker: Gregor Murray, Director of the Interuniversity Research Centre on Globalization and Work (CRIMT), and holder of the Canada Research Chair on Globalization and Work in the School of Industrial Relations at Université de Montréal

Patrick Itschert, Deputy General Secretary ETUC and
Kurt Vandaele, Senior researcher ETUI

Moderator: Philippe Pochet, General Director ETUI

Traditional collective bargaining can seem not quite up to the task of dealing with the challenges of the labour regulation deficit in global firms. The multinational organization of capital, transnational production networks, the weakening or re-arranging of state regulation, and internal capacity issues for many trade unions are just a few of the factors at play.
In response to this increasingly uneven arena for conflicts over jobs, working conditions and social justice, there has emerged over the last couple of decades a new generation of multi-level campaigns in which union and civil society actors look for multiple pressure points in order to advance their agenda. Drawing on examples of these campaigns, this presentation looks at their implications for union renewal strategies.

See also Transfer 3/2010 Rethinking collective representation

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