Managerial and mobilizing internationalism in the British docks and seafaring sector
Umney, Charles (2012) Managerial and mobilizing internationalism in the British docks and seafaring sector. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 18 (1). pp. 71-87. ISSN 0959-6801 (print), 1461-7129 (online)Full text not available from this repository.
This article considers two types of internationalization process among British docks and seafaring unions, distinguishing between ‘mobilizing’ and ‘managerial’ internationalism with reference to two case studies. The article argues that an internationalism which seeks to mobilize membership in an oppositional way is dependent on the framing, by union leadership, of particular material grievances as necessitating an international, rather than national, response. Managerial internationalism, by contrast, sees a more classically bureaucratic division of labour, in which officials administer more general political and regulatory priorities that are derived from membership concerns. The underlying material determinant of these types is argued to be the degree of labour market security possessed by unions involved. Where workers experience a strong challenge to their employment through international labour competition a mobilizing internationalism is more likely to emerge. But these material conditions also engender spatial and temporal limits within which mobilizing internationalism is constrained.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||bureaucracy, docks, international trade unionism, mobilization, seafaring|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
|School / Department / Research Groups:||School of Business|
School of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
|Last Modified:||05 Dec 2012 13:44|
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