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Intervening in globalisation: the spatial possibilities and institutional barriers to labour’s collective agency
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
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2014 (English)In: Journal of Economic Geography, ISSN 1468-2702, E-ISSN 1468-2710Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Trade unions are facing a series of challenges around place-based forms of work in industries such as construction, transport and public services. New spatial strategies by employers involving corporate reorganization, increased outsourcing and the use of migrant labour, allied to a deepening of neoliberal governance processes are accelerating a race to the bottom in wages and conditions. Drawing upon the experience of two recent labour disputes in the UK—at Heathrow Airport and Lindsey Oil Refinery—we explore the potential for workers to intervene in such globalizing processes. We highlight both the ability of grassroots workers to mobilize their own spatial networks but also their limitations in an increasingly hostile neoliberal landscape.

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Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.
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Globalization, labour unions, agency, spatial strategies
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Economic Geography
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Human Geography
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108760DOI: 10.1093/jeg/lbu039OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-108760DiVA: diva2:760747
Available from: 2014-11-04 Created: 2014-11-04 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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