Trade Unions

Notes of resistance in the Scottish Whisky Industry - craftsmanship

In late February 2016, I was travelling on a daily basis to a cooperage site in Scotland, to conduct several interviews with coopers for the purpose o...

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Interview to Eirini Gaitanou: “Social Movements and Feminism in Greece – its transformations and impacts.”

It is well known that the current international crisis has affected – and continues to do so – Greece in a very particular way. The crisis that starte...

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On nurses, strikes, and public sociology

On 24th May 2016 nurses who work at the Child Health Centre, the major paediatric centre for serious illnesses in Poland, started a strike action.

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Mining industry in Poland - under pressure of closures, still fighting

In summer 2015 I went to Zabrze - a city in Silesia region in Poland to conduct several interviews for the purpose of publication on gendered character of trade unions’ protests in Poland. The Silesia region is known as the centre of mining industry in the country - the industry that has been under pressure of closures or last several years. In 2014 and 2015 miners from different holdings organised various protests and strikes to protect their jobs and demand more active role in the processes of restructuring.

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Cleaning up the mess

What does alleged cheating at both the world’s largest car-maker and the largest electronics manufacturer tell us about state regulation and the role of labour?

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One for all, all for one: three female migrant workers – my filming experience

Theme 2 and the INTEGRIM network are undertaking a film training organised by the CEU in Budapest and Olena. I would like to share some of my filming experiences with you, which will hopefully lead to a nice short film in the end.

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Radical precarisation and workers’ radical responses

In South Korea, where more than half workers are in “non-regular” jobs, labour movement has been increasingly resorting to radical methods of protest.

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Resisting trade deals in Brussels

As the most recent round of negotiations took place last week in Brussels between the EU and US on the TTIP deal, a campaign meeting and demonstration was organised by civil society groups from around Europe that are opposed to the deal.

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The trap of “social partnership” discourse– Some keys for reflection from Claus Offe

The expression “social partners” is often used lightly in the literature on employment relations, not only in institutional texts, but more surprisingly in academic research and trade union discourse. However, "employer organizations" and "trade unions" do not have equal structural positions and opportunities in our capitalist society, and this should be recalled. I would like to share some reflections from an article by Claus Offe, that I found enlightening for understanding this unbalance. 

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Flexibility in practice. The case of Romanian unions during the recent crisis.

We’ve been hearing a lot in the recent years the word ‘flexibility’ in any discussion about labour market reform. We’re told that a flexible labour market is a means to return to economic growth. In contrast, current labour market regulations create ‘rigidities’ that are the source of all things evil.

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