Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle

Workers' Inquiry and Global Class Struggle : Strategies, Tactics, Objectives

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Rumours of the death of the global labour movement have been greatly exaggerated. Rising from the ashes of the old trade union movement, workers' struggle is being reborn from below.

By engaging in what Karl Marx called a workers' inquiry, workers and militant co-researchers are studying their working conditions, the technical composition of capital, and how to recompose their own power in order to devise new tactics, strategies, organisational forms and objectives. These workers' inquiries, from call centre workers to teachers, and adjunct professors, are re-energising unions, bypassing unions altogether or innovating new forms of workers' organisations.

In one of the first major studies to critically assess this new cycle of global working class struggle, Robert Ovetz collects together case studies from over a dozen contributors, looking at workers' movements in China, Mexico, the US, South Africa, Turkey, Argentina, Italy, India and the UK. The book reveals how these new forms of struggle are no longer limited to single sectors of the economy or contained by state borders, but are circulating internationally and disrupting the global capitalist system as they do.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 20.57mm | 512.56g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745340849
  • 9780745340845

Table of contents

List of Figures


Introduction - Robert Ovetz

Part I: Transport and Logistics

1. Camioneros, the Argentine Truckers' Union that Can Paralyze the Country - Dario Bursztyn

2. When Local Class Unionism Meets International Solidarity: A Case of Union Revitalization in Turkey - Alpkan Birelma

3. Resisting Sexism and Racism in Italian Logistics Worker Organizing - Anna Curcio

Part II: Education, Call Centers, Cleaners, Platform Work, and Gamers

4. Making Threats: Credible Strike Threats in the US, 2012-2016 - Robert Ovetz

5. The Self-Organization of Organization of the Mexican Multitude Against Neoliberal State Terror: The CNTE Dissident Teachers Movement Against the 2013 Education Reform - Patrick Cuninghame

6. A Brief Survey of Class Composition in the UK - Notes from Below

Part III: Manufacturing and Mining

7. Worker Organizing in China: Challenges and Opportunities - Jenny Chan

8. Self-organising is Breathing Life into Workers' Struggles in South Africa - Shawn Hattingh and Dale T. McKinley

9. Study of Indian Precarious Auto Workers - Lorenza Monaco

About the Authors

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About Robert Ovetz

Robert Ovetz is a Lecturer in Political Science at San Jose State University (US). He is the author of When Workers Shot Back: Class Conflict from 1877 to 1921 (Brill, 2018 and Haymarket 2019) and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Labor and Society.
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