Labor Movements and Mobilization

John Kelly

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Organization

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780199299249
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Business and Management C

 Labor Movements and Mobilization

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This article examines evidence about contemporary work and workers and then moves on to examine worker attitudes and responses towards management and trade unions. Evidence is drawn from as wide a range of countries as possible, but survey data on worker attitudes tends to come from the United Kingdom and the United States. In the light of this material, the initial arguments about the decline of unions and collective action can be reexamined. Many of the points in this article reflect an observation made long ago by two of the most acute observers of the capitalist mode of production: ‘In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e. capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed’.

Keywords: management; trade unions; survey data; production; modern working class

Article.  9239 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management ; Business Ethics ; Business Strategy

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