`Everyone concerned over the construction of a truly social Europe will learn much from this thoughtful and probing study." - Professor Colin Crouch, Istituto Universitario Europeo In this comprehensive overview of trade unionism in Europe and beyond, Richard Hyman offers a fresh perspective on trade union identity, ideology and strategy. He shows how the varied forms and impact of different national movements reflect historical choices on whether to emphasize a role as market bargainers, mobilizers of class opposition or partners in social integration. The book demonstrates how these inherited traditions can serve as both resources and constraints in responding to the challenges which confront trade unions in

Trade Unions and Class Struggle: Contesting the System

Trade unions and class struggle: Contesting the system

Read accounts of trade union history in almost any country and the notion of class struggle is likely to figure prominently. The formation of collective organization commonly involved a fight against repression by the state and brutal resistance by employers. Every labour movement can record its martyrs; and the twin themes of building class unity among workers, and mobilizing against the class antagonist, persist within the iconography of many unions whose present-day situation is far removed from such origins.

In this chapter I present a brief account of the analysis of trade unionism developed by Marx and Engels more than a century ago, and the experience in the twentieth century of ...

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