Global Labour Journal 2019-06-24T15:02:15-04:00 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. 10, No. 2 (2019)</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>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 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> (Re)Conceptualising Unfree Labour: Local Labour Control Regimes and Constraints on Workrs' Freedoms 2019-06-24T15:02:15-04:00 Judy Fudge <p>Disputes over the meaning of human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery have both provoked and coincided with a reinvigorated debate in academic and policy literatures about how to conceptualise unfree labour. This article traces the contours of the debate over free and unfree labour, identifying its key stakes as the debate has developed and paying particular attention to recent interventions. It begins by identifying a problem common to both canonical liberal and Marxian approaches to the free/unfree labour distinction, which is to fetishise the labour market. It then discusses the consensus that is emerging across disciplines and in leading international organisations that labour unfreedom in contemporary capitalism is best conceptualised as a continuum rather than a binary, highlighting recent disciplinary-specific contributions. It argues that the metaphor of a continuum of labour unfreedom obscures more than it illuminates. Drawing upon the growing body of literature that advocates a multifaceted approach to labour unfreedom, this article argues that a robust concept of local labour control regime does a much better job of capturing the complex mix of consent and coercion involved in extracting value from labour power than the idea of a continuum of labour unfreedom.</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>KEY WORDS: </strong>unfree labour; migration; capitalism; exploitation; labour control</p> 2019-05-30T05:46:15-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Lean Work and Gender Inequalities: Manufacturing Consent at a Multinational Car Plant in Provincial Russia 2019-06-24T15:02:15-04:00 Martin Krzywdzinski Grzegorz Lechowski Valentina Mählmeyer <p>How do local labour market structures, in tandem with workforce dispositions and attitudes, influence the way multinational companies localise their standardised work and production systems? This article investigates the conflict-ridden factory regime of a lean automotive plant in provincial Russia at which the management was able to secure a relatively high level of consent among its female workers but not among male workers. In order to explain this gendered pattern of worker consent, the plant-internal gender division of labour and two societal factors proved crucial: the gendered segmentation of the local labour market and the workers’ cultural dispositions. At the same time, the analysis points to the transformative effect that the company’s work and production system had on the local labour regime. The case study relies on a combination of quantitative survey data and qualitative interviews. It emphasises the need to reconnect the analysis of branch-plant factory regimes to a nuanced understanding of their embeddedness within local labour markets – also in the case of highly standardised work and production systems.</p> <p>&nbsp;KEY WORDS: labour control regime; labour process; labour market; lean production; gender relations</p> 2019-05-30T08:22:34-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The "Double-edged Sword" of Institutional Power: COSATU, Neo-liberalisation and the Right to Strike 2019-06-24T15:02:15-04:00 Carin Runciman <p>On 1 January 2019 amendments to the Labour Relations Act came into force that significantly altered and curtailed the right to protected strike action in South Africa. Internationally, the right to strike has been eroded in recent years with many countries adopting legal provisions that violate the International Labour Organization’s principles. Comparatively, the rights of South African workers to go on protected strikes remain better than many other places in the world, a reflection of the militant history of the South African labour movement. But the erosion of these rights, with the active support of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, should be a cause for concern for activists and labour scholars in South Africa and beyond. This article develops the Power Resources Approach to consider how union institutional power has entrenched neo-liberalism in South Africa. Grounding the analysis of institutional power within the analytical framework of corporatism allows this article to develop an analysis of institutional power that is attentive to class forces. This provides an avenue for understanding the “double-edged sword” of institutional power in the South African context in order to comprehend when and under what circumstances trade unions advance and defend the interests of the working class and when they defend those of capital.</p> <p>&nbsp;KEY WORDS: labour; neo-liberalism; institutional power; corporatism; South Africa</p> 2019-05-30T08:33:59-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Explanations for the Current Crisis in Venezuela: A Clash of Paradigms and Narratives 2019-06-24T15:02:14-04:00 Steve Ellner 2019-05-30T08:42:56-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Verity Burgmann (2018) Globalization and Labour in the Twenty-first Century 2019-06-24T15:02:14-04:00 Maurizio Atzeni 2019-05-30T08:51:23-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Andreas Bieler and Adam David Morton (2018) Global Capitalism, Global War, Global Crisis 2019-06-24T15:02:14-04:00 Diego Araujo Azzi 2019-05-30T09:03:11-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Bob Barnetson (2018) Canada's Labour Market Training System 2019-06-24T15:02:14-04:00 Alexandru Caldararu 2019-05-30T09:09:45-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Manjusha Nair (2016) Undervalued Dissent: Informal Workers' Politics in India 2019-06-24T15:02:13-04:00 Neethi P 2019-05-30T09:13:53-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Review of: Jennifer N. Fish (2017) Domestic Workers of the World Unite: A Global Movement for Dignity and Human Rights 2019-06-24T15:02:13-04:00 Sonal Sharma 2019-05-30T09:19:55-04:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##