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This is a collection of essays by an array of contributors from the Global Labour Column, which highlights and examines class struggle as the core of resistance against capitalism today. It provides insights into the dynamics of neoliberalism and its persistence and stimulates debates about the continued impact of the economic crisis, focusing on labour as both a victim and a crucial social force which can push for an alternative. Examples of the subjects it covers include the Indonesian Sportswear Industry, Chinese construction companies in Africa, mining in South Africa, job quality in Europe, globalised 'T-shirt economics' and the marketisation and securitisation of UK international aid, amongst many others. The Global Labour Column, managed by the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development research programme at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, is part of the Global Labour University.
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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • PLUTO PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745336167
  • 9780745336169

About Nicolas Pons-vignon

Nicolas Pons-Vignon is a Senior Researcher with the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. His research focuses on industrial development and policy in South Africa, as well as on labour, poverty and development aid. He is the editor of the Global Labour Column. Mbuso Nkosi is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He serves as the co-editor of the Global Labour Column.
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Table of contents

1. Introduction by Nicolas Pons-Vignon & Mbuso Nkosi

SECTION 1: UNDERSTANDING THE CRISIS

2. Planet Earth is Wage-led! by OEzlem Onaran

3. From Financial Crisis to Stagnation: The Destruction of Shared Prosperity and the Role of Economics by Thomas I. Palley

4. State Funding of Research and the Narrowing of economics in the UK by Fred Lee

5. Globalisation and Taxation: Trends and Consequences by Ilan Strauss

6. T-shirt economics: Labour in the Imperialist World Economy by Tony Norfield

SECTION 2: EUROPE IN TURMOIL

7. Greece in the deadlock of the Troika's austerity trap by Giorgios Argitis

8. The ECB's misleading Understanding of the euro crisis by Carlo D'Ippoliti

9. Europe's lost decade: Paths out of stagnation by Hansjoerg Herr

10. The crisis, structural reform and the fortification of neoliberalism in Europe by Christoph Hermann

11. The economic crisis and job quality in Europe: Some worrying trends and worse may be to come by Andrew Watt and Janine Leschke

SECTION 3: EXPLORING ALTERNATIVES

12. Tackling unemployment and growing public debt by Jomo Sundaram & Anis Chowdhury

13. Tax for equity: Getting wages back on track by Frank Hoffer

14. The State as the employer of last resort by Cedric Durand & Dany Lang

15. We are Steaming Ahead': NUMSA's Road to the Left by Karl Cloete

16. Alternatives to Neoliberalism: Towards a new progressive consensus There are Alternatives to the Neoliberal Blind Alley! by Joao Antonio Felicio

SECTION 4: RESISTING EXPLOITATION AND NEOLIBERALISM

17. The Hobbit: An unexpected outcome? by Carol Jess

18. Right to Work and Michigan labour by Roland Zullo

19. A Site of Struggle: Organised Labour and Domestic Worker Organising in Mozambique by Ruth Castel-Branco

20. Constructing an anti-Neoliberal analysis to arrive at truly alternative alternatives by Salimah Valiani:

21. The 2012 Strike Wave, Marikana and the History of Rock Drillers in South African Mines by Paul Stewart

SECTION 5: GOOD SAMARITANS? INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO LABOUR RIGHT ABUSES

22. Where is Decent Work in DfID policy? Marketisation and securitisation of UK international aid by Phoebe V. Moore

23. The national pact to eradicate slave labour in Brazil: A useful tool for unions? by Lisa Carstensen & Siobhan McGrath

24. Better work or `ethical fix'? Lessons from Cambodia's apparel industry by Dennis Arnold

25. Putting Workers' Agency at the Centre in the Indonesian Sportswear Industry by Karin A. Siegmann, Jeroen Merk, and Peter Knorringa

26. Rana plaza: private governance and corporate power in global supply chains by Tandiwe Gross

SECTION 6: 'WORKERS OF THE WORLD, UNITE': CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF TRANSNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

27. Rank and File Participation and International Union Democracy by Vasco Pedrina

28. Trade unions, free trade and the problem of transnational solidarity by Andreas Bieler

29. Modelling a global union strategy. The arena of global production networks, Global Framework Agreements and trade union networks by Michael Fichter

30. Trade unions, globalisation and internationalism by Ronaldo Munck

31. Chinese construction companies in Africa: A challenge for trade unions by Eddie Cottle

Index
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