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Trade unions, civil society organisations and health reforms

Trade unions, civil society organisations and health reforms

Lethbridge, Jane ORCID: 0000-0002-0094-9967 (2009) Trade unions, civil society organisations and health reforms. Capital & Class, 33 (2). pp. 101-129. ISSN 0309-8168 (Print), 2041-0980 (Online) (doi:

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This article provides an analysis of resistance to neoliberalism and commodification in the public healthcare sector as seen from a trade union perspective. It uses recent research on social-movement unionism and new labour internationalism to structure a series of case studies examining resistance to different dimensions of healthcare commodification in four countries. The range of alliances trade unions are making do not fit tidily into one model, but give insights into the movement elements of trade unionism. This dimension must be strengthened, but can also be in tension with collective bargaining and other institutional processes. How to constantly reconcile these different positions is the future challenge facing trade unions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by SAGE on behalf of the Conference of Socialist Economists.
Uncontrolled Keywords: public healthcare sector, neoliberalism, commodification, resistance, trade unionism, health reform
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Public Services International Research Unit (PSIRU)
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