Global Labour Journal 2020-07-10T18:05:54-04:00 Karin Pampallis Open Journal Systems <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">The <em>Global Labour Journal</em> is an open-access, fully peer-reviewed online journal launched in January 2010. It is the official journal of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee on Labour Movements (<a href="">RC44</a>). The Journal is co-hosted by the Global Labour University (<a href="">GLU</a>), and supported by the International Center for Development and Decent Work (<a href="">ICDD</a>) in Kassel, Germany, and the Center for Global Workers’ Rights (<a href="">CGWR</a>) at Penn State University in State College, USA.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">The Journal serves as a forum to capture the plentiful and diverse scholarly work emerging on labour activities worldwide. It seeks to explore the role of globalisation in breaking down boundaries between the global/local and the public/private as they relate to labour activities.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">Our aim is to provide a global forum for scholarly work on a comparative sociology of labour movements. Thus our intention is to understand, record and promote the transition of the labour movement into a new form of global unionism, and to highlight how labour activities are increasingly shaped by global forces.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">Manuscripts may be <a title="Submissions" href="/globallabour/about/submissions#onlineSubmissions" target="_blank" rel="noopener">submitted</a> via this website. Should you have any questions about the suitability of your manuscript for consideration in the Global Labour Journal, or any difficulty in submitting online, please do not hesitate to contact the <a title="GLJ Managing Editor" href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">GLJ Managing Editor</a>.</p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;" align="justify">ISSN 1918-6711</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 1.6em;"><strong><a href="">CURRENT ISSUE: Vol. 11, No. 2 (2020)</a></strong></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 1.2em;"><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong> <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>EDITORIAL TEAM</strong></span></p> <table width="690" cellpadding="16"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Editors</strong></p> <p>Maria Lorena Cook&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cornell University <br>United States</p> <p>Madhumita Dutta<br>The Ohio State University<br>United States</p> <p>Alexander Gallas<br>University of Kassel<br>Germany</p> <p>Ben Scully<br>University of the Witwatersrand<br>South Africa</p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Managing Editor</strong></p> <p>Karin Pampallis<br>University of the Witwatersrand<br>South Africa</p> </td> <td style="vertical-align: top; width: 33%;"> <p><strong>Reviews Editor</strong></p> <p>Jörg Nowak<br>University College Dublin Ireland</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Consulting Editor</strong></p> <p>Robert O'Brien<br>McMaster University<br> Canada</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Global Labour Studies in the Pandemic: Notes for an Emerging Agenda 2020-07-10T18:05:54-04:00 Maria Lorena Cook Madhumita Dutta Alexander Gallas Jörg Nowak Ben Scully 2020-05-30T12:29:38-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Exploitation of Caring Communities: The Elder Care Crisis in Germany 2020-07-10T18:05:54-04:00 Tine Haubner <p class="Body1">Against the background of a crisis of elder care in Germany, this article examines the expansion of informal elder care work in terms of exploitation. A concept of indirect exploitation is used that takes into account the special characteristics of highly feminised elder care work and Germany’s elder care market. The article shows, through an empirical qualitative case study, that Germany’s elder care regime is maintained through the politically supported exploitation of socially vulnerable population groups in favour of lowering the costs of social reproduction in an ageing capitalist society.</p> 2020-05-30T12:34:34-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##  The Engineer … No Longer a Person but a Number on an Excel Sheet: Enterprise Resource Planning and Commoditisation of Labour 2020-07-10T18:05:53-04:00 Rajalaxmi Kamath Eureka Sarkar <p class="Body1">Based on transcripts provided by 145 engineers working in various information technology organisations in Bangalore, India, the article examines the commoditisation of labour in this sector. In doing so, we specifically want to problematise algorithm-based decision-making embedded in the wider technology of Integrated Development Environments like Enterprise Resource Planning and its ramifications for business and labour processes. Standardisation and modularisation of tasks have made wide inroads in workers’ lives, resulting in a replication of Taylorist mass-production techniques. In unpeeling the “materiality” behind such a development, we elaborate on how efficiency and profit motives of these firms are turning engineers into numbers on a spreadsheet. We conclude by commenting on the implications of this on labour’s organisation and resistance and the future trajectory of working life.</p> 2020-05-30T12:39:25-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Powers of Australian Retail Workers as a Section of the Global Working Class 2020-07-10T18:05:53-04:00 Pooya Karambakhsh <p class="Body1">The wide application of the power resources approach has shown its strong capabilities in enabling strategic labour research that can also benefit activists. Nevertheless, the approach has been criticised for ignoring how power is used. This article argues that Steven Lukes’s radical view on power can address this issue. His three-dimensional view considers power in direct conflicts, agenda setting, and the situations in which an actor’s preferences are shaped by another. A key strength of this view is that it can be used to unravel systemic effects and underlying sources of conflicts. In this article, the Lukesian framework is applied to the condition of Australian retail workers as an example of the precariat. It is argued that retail workers have underestimated powers in direct confrontations with employers, and that the legal and institutional frameworks provide them with some support. The analysis indicates that capital’s efforts to form preferences, theoretical foundations and ways of thinking have contributed to substantially pre-empting retail workers’ agency. However, it also shows that there is nothing inevitable about this situation.</p> 2020-05-30T12:45:03-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Knowledge, Oligopoly and Labour in Global Value Chains 2020-07-10T18:05:53-04:00 Dev Nathan <p class="Body1">The article explores knowledge in global value chains (GVCs) and its correspondence with the nature of employment in different GVC segments. It starts with the role of knowledge that is protected through intellectual property rights in creating oligopolies in product markets, which are then re-created as oligopolies in the input markets. Knowledge requirements, transmitted through governance relations and the distribution of power within GVCs, lead to the inter-firm distribution of profits within GVCs, and result in differing qualities of employment corresponding to the level of knowledge required in different production segments.</p> 2020-05-30T12:48:30-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Capital, Labour and the Global Populist Radical Right 2020-07-10T18:05:52-04:00 Şefika Kumral Şahan Savaş Karataşli 2020-05-30T12:51:56-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Informal Labours of Social Reproduction 2020-07-10T18:05:47-04:00 Alessandra Mezzadri 2020-05-30T15:23:47-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Who is the "smart worker"? Who should she be? 2020-07-10T18:05:52-04:00 Phoebe Moore 2020-05-30T12:55:29-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Communal Violence and Informal Labour: The Case of North East Delhi Carnage, 23-28 February 2020 2020-07-10T18:05:51-04:00 Archana Prasad 2020-05-30T12:58:38-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The South African Precariat, COVID-19 and #BIGNOW 2020-07-10T18:05:51-04:00 Vishwas Satgar 2020-05-30T14:51:35-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Return of Merchant Capital 2020-07-10T18:05:50-04:00 Marcel van der Linden Jan Breman 2020-05-30T14:55:38-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Claire Ainsley (2018) The New Working Class: How to Win Hearts, Minds and Votes 2020-07-10T18:05:50-04:00 Mark Bergfeld 2020-05-30T14:58:48-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Nicolas Delalande (2019) La lutte et l’entraide: L’âge des solidarités ouvrières 2020-07-10T18:05:49-04:00 Costanza Galanti 2020-05-30T15:01:55-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Fan Shigang (2018) Striking to Survive: Workers’ Resistance to Factory Relocations in China 2020-07-10T18:05:49-04:00 Daniel Fuchs 2020-05-30T15:05:23-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Olivia Killias (2018) Follow the Maid: Domestic Worker Migration in and from Indonesia 2020-07-10T18:05:49-04:00 Jemima Joy Gbadago 2020-05-30T15:08:38-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Ronaldo Munck (2018) Rethinking Global Labour after Neoliberalism 2020-07-10T18:05:48-04:00 Andreas Bieler 2020-05-30T15:13:24-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Jafar Suryomenggolo (2019) At a Moment's Notice: Indonesian Maids Write on their Lives Abroad 2020-07-10T18:05:48-04:00 Jemima Joy Gbadago 2020-05-30T15:16:14-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##