December 2011

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Trade unions and social democracy: The rift widens

This article appears in the current issue of Solidarity. In an interview this week for an Australian newspaper, the leader of the world’s trade union movement made an interesting observation. “Have progressive parties lost the narrative…


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Beyond borders: Unions and social media

This article appears in the most recent issue of Our Times (Canada). What has new media ever done for us? I assume most Our Times readers will be familiar with Monty Python’s comedy film “Life…


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What are they waiting for?

(A German language version of this article appeared in Jungle World.) Two weeks ago, I found myself standing together with 62 locked out workers in front of a metal factory in Gebze, Turkey, just outside…


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Kein Zutritt für Gewerkschafter

This article appeared in Jungle World. Zwei Tochtergesellschaften deutscher Unternehmen in der Türkei und den USA gehen gegen gewerkschaftlich organisierte Mitarbeiter vor, obwohl die Firmen internationalen Rahmenvereinbarungen zu Arbeiterrechten zugestimmt haben. Als die Delegation eintraf,…