A wide-ranging survey of labor's response to globalization. Despite frequent hostility from traditionally pro-labor political parties and opposition on the part of union leaderships, the threatened demise of organized labor across the globe had been ...
greatly exaggerated. The mid-1990s have witnessed a remarkable upsurge in workers' militancy. From France, Germany and Belgium to Korea, Canada, and Brazil, the international labor movement has shown surprising resistance to the global reorganization of capital and the savage assaults of neoliberal state policy. In this comprehensive study of current labor relations worldwide, Moody surveys both sides of the picket lines. He provides a measured assessment of multinational managements' strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. He emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for international coordination among national unions and provides examples of where and how this had been achieved. A bracing riposte to conventional wisdom concerning the irresistible power of globalization, Workers in a Lean World is a definite account of contemporary labor relations on an international scale.