Global Labour Journal 2018-12-15T14:41:08-05:00 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><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="font-size: 1.6em;"><strong><a href="">CURRENT ISSUE: Vol. 9, No. 3 (2018)</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>Rina Agarwala<br>Johns Hopkins University <br>United States</p> <p>Jenny Chan<br>Hong Kong Polytechnic University<br>China</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 of Nottingham<br>United Kingdom<br><br></p> <p><strong>Consulting Editor</strong></p> <p>Robert O'Brien<br>McMaster University<br> Canada</p> </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> The Trade-Labour Nexus: Global Value Chains and Labour Provisions in European Union Free Trade Agreements 2018-12-15T14:41:08-05:00 Mirela Barbu Liam Campling Adrian Smith James Harrison Ben Richardson <p>Labour standards provisions contained within the European Union’s (EU) free trade agreements (FTAs) are a major iteration of attempts to regulate working conditions in the global economy. This article develops an analysis of how the legal and institutional mechanisms established by these FTAs intersect with global value chain governance dynamics in counoutries with contrasting political economies. The article formulates an original analytical framework to explore how governance arrangements and power relations between lead firms in core markets and suppliers in FTA signatory countries shape and constrain the effectiveness of labour provisions in FTAs. This analysis demonstrates how the common framework of labour provisions in EU trade agreements, when applied in a uniform manner across differentiated political-economic contexts, face serious difficulties in creating meaningful change for workers in global value chains.</p> 2018-09-30T15:00:59-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Austerity, Labor Market Reform and the Growth of Precarious Employment in Greece during the Eurozone Crisis 2018-12-15T14:41:08-05:00 Geoff Kennedy <p>This article examines the relationship between structural reforms commonly referred to as austerity and the growth of precarious labour in Greece. It argues that, in contrast to the proponents of labour market flexibility, the liberalisation of labour markets, employment protection systems, social protection systems and collective bargaining institutions have not increased employment in Greece or minimised the growth of precarious employment. Rather, liberalising structural reforms have resulted in the creation of the very precarity its proponents claim is the product of rigid labour markets, and they have failed to significantly reduce existing levels of unemployment and increasing employment rates.</p> 2018-09-30T15:03:56-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Why Do Trade Unions Engage in Wage Coordination, Although It Does Not Work? Evidence from the German Metal Sector 2018-12-15T14:41:08-05:00 Martin Seeliger <p>The article addresses the following puzzle: if, as it appears, wage coordination under the European Monetary Union is unlikely to succeed, why do European trade unions continue to pursue it? The article examines German metal-sector trade unions’ ongoing participation in wage-coordination initiatives within the Eurozone. It argues that their participation can be explained by two factors – a decoupling of talk and action, as two complementary types of organisational output, and the reframing of wage coordination as an activity that will pay off in the distant future.</p> 2018-09-30T15:05:30-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Brazilian Labour Reform in Historical Perspective 2018-12-15T14:41:08-05:00 Roberto Véras de Oliveira <p>This article presents a historical perspective on the foundations of labour market regulation in Brazil. It aims to provide a better understanding of the “modernising” initiatives that have been presented since the 1990s and that have recently gained new contours with the approval of the Labour Reform, in July 2017, and other similar measures. This is particularly important because Brazil is currently suffering deep economic stagnation and a severe political crisis, after a period of significant economic growth. It draws on both classical and current studies by labour sociologists and economists, as well as on the author’s previous studies.</p> 2018-09-30T15:07:12-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## A Right-Wing Workers' Movement? Impressions from Germany 2018-12-15T14:41:07-05:00 Klaus Dörre 2018-09-30T15:08:27-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Class Power and Union Capacities: A Research Note on the Power Resources Approach 2018-12-15T14:41:07-05:00 Alexander Gallas 2018-09-30T15:09:52-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The Spectre of Social Democracy: A Symptomatic Reading of the Power Resources Approach 2018-12-15T14:41:07-05:00 Jörg Nowak 2018-09-30T15:11:17-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Megha Amrith (2016) Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia 2018-12-15T14:41:07-05:00 Jemima Joy Gbadago 2018-09-30T15:12:35-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Anne Zacharias-Walsh (2016) Our Unions, Our Selves: The Rise of Feminist Labour Unions in Japan 2018-12-15T14:41:06-05:00 Zita Lui 2018-09-30T15:13:54-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Ching Kwan Lee (2017) The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa 2018-12-15T14:41:06-05:00 Sadhika Nanda 2018-09-30T15:15:18-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Tom Barnes (2016) Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys 2018-12-15T14:41:06-05:00 Garima Singh 2018-09-30T15:16:33-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Amrita Pande (2014) Wombs in Labor: Transactional Commercial Surrogacy in India 2018-12-15T14:41:06-05:00 Edward Webster 2018-09-30T15:17:55-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Bridget Kenny (2018) Retail Worker Politics, Race and Consumption in South Africa: Shelved in the Service Economy 2018-12-15T14:41:05-05:00 Jennifer Jihye Chun 2018-09-30T15:19:05-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Sabrina Zajak (2017) Transnational Activism, Global Labor Governance and China 2018-12-15T14:41:05-05:00 Stefan Schmalz 2018-09-30T15:20:14-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Elaine Hui (2018) Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China 2018-12-15T14:41:05-05:00 Lu Zhang 2018-09-30T15:21:42-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##