The collection of essays in this book, spanning countries across global South and North, provides an account of strikes and working class resistance in the 21st century. Through original case studies, the book looks at the various shades of workers’ movements, analysing different forms of popular organisation as responses to new social and economic conditions, such as restructuring of work and new areas of investment.
Introduction: The New Upsurge of Strikes in the Early 21st Century – Tendencies, Challenges and Limits, Jörg Nowak, Peter Birke and Madhumita Dutta / 1. Labour Strikes in Post-Authoritarian Indonesia, 1998-2013, Fahmi Panimbang and Abu Mufakhir / 2. Space and Strike Diffusion in a Decentralized Authoritarian Country: A Study of the Auto Parts Industry in South China, Deng Yunxue / 3. Strikes in Vietnam, Mark Anner / 4. Making Sense of Legality: Everyday Resistance and Survival Tactics by Undocumented Indian Female Domestic Workers in the United Arabic Emirates, Bindhulakshmi Pattadath / 5. Against All Odds: Tracing the Struggles of Workers to Form a Union Inside a Special Economic Zone in Tamil Nadu, India, Madhumita Dutta / 6. Mass Strikes in the Brazilian Construction Sector Between 2011 and 2014, Jörg Nowak / 7. Conflicts Around Subcontracted Workers in Chile’s Copper Mining Sector, Antonio Aravena and Mauricio Muñoz / 8. The United States: Worker Agency and Innovation in the Midst of Crisis, Dave Kamper / 9. Strike Movements and Popular Class Struggles in Burkina Faso, Bettina Engels / 10. Mass Strikes in Nigeria, 2000–2015: Struggling Against Neoliberal Hegemony, Femi Aborisade and Drew Povey / 11. Strikes, Bread Riots and Blockades: Mozambican Workers and Communities in Resistance, Judith Marshall / 12. The Strike Wave of 2015 in Germany, Peter Birke / 13. The Politics of Striking: On the Shifting Dynamics of Workers’ Struggles in Britain, Alexander Gallas / 14. Austerity and Labour Resistance: The Shifting Shape of Strikes in Spain, Nikolai Huke and Olaf Tietje / 15. Gender and Precarity in Crisis-ridden Greece, Anna Koumandaraki and Athanasios Tsakiris / 16. The Strike Movement and Labour Protests in Russia, Elena Gerasimova and Petr Bizyukov / Index / About the Contributors
Encouraging, honest and meticulously researched, this book is a good starting point for anyone wanting to understand the motivations, strategies, objectives and potential of working class struggle around the planet.
Jörg Nowak is a Marie Curie Researcher at the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK.
Peter Birke is Researcher at the Sociological Research Institute Göttingen (SOFI), at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He has published more specifically on the global social movements after the 2009 financial and debt crisis. Birke is editor of the journal Social History Online.