Global production, labour and trade union strategy: some reflections based on the theory of global value chains

Author/s Lidia Greco
Publishing Year 2011 Issue 2011/123
Language Italian Pages 33 P. 49-81 File size 414 KB
DOI 10.3280/SL2011-123004
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Starting from the global re-organization of production shaped by value chains, the article considers the implications on labour, the challenges that it faces and the answers that are emerging. After a period of uncertainty, the article shows a renewed activism from trade unions. On the one hand, they have sought more adequate strategies to the changing organisation of labour. On the other side, they have started to cooperate with other social movements and towards new forms of labour regulation. The restructuring of production through which capital relentlessly tries to overcome labour rigidity is in contradiction with another substantive dimension: for accumulation to occur, capital needs specific institutional arrangements. For this reason, there will always be a moment in which capital needs to define a socio-spatial dialectic.

Keywords: Value chains, re-organisation of production, trade union strategies, regulation, internationalism, social movements

Lidia Greco, Produzione globale, lavoro e strategia sindacale: alcune riflessioni a partire dalla teoria delle catene globali del valore in "SOCIOLOGIA DEL LAVORO " 123/2011, pp 49-81, DOI: 10.3280/SL2011-123004