Global Labour Journal <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> en-US <div style="text-align: justify;"><p><em>Global Labour Journal's</em> authors grant the journal permission to publish, but they retain copyright of their manuscripts. The <em>Global Labour Journal</em> applies a <a title="Creative Commons License" href="" target="_blank">Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivatives 4.0 International License</a>.</p><p>Under the terms of this licensing framework anyone is free to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work, under the following conditions:</p><ol><li><em>Attribution</em>: You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).</li><li><em>Noncommercial Use:</em> You may not use this work for commercial purposes.</li><li><em>No Derivative Works</em>: You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.</li></ol><p>For any reuse or distribution, you must make clear to others the license terms of this work.</p><p>Any of the above conditions can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder, the author of the piece. The author's moral rights are retained in this license.</p><p> </p></div> (Karin Pampallis) (Managing Editor) Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:59:53 -0400 OJS 60 The Trade-Labour Nexus: Global Value Chains and Labour Provisions in European Union Free Trade Agreements <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> Mirela Barbu, Liam Campling, Adrian Smith, James Harrison, Ben Richardson ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:00:59 -0400 Austerity, Labor Market Reform and the Growth of Precarious Employment in Greece during the Eurozone Crisis <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> Geoff Kennedy ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:03:56 -0400 Why Do Trade Unions Engage in Wage Coordination, Although It Does Not Work? Evidence from the German Metal Sector <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> Martin Seeliger ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:05:30 -0400 Brazilian Labour Reform in Historical Perspective <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> Roberto Véras de Oliveira ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:07:12 -0400 A Right-Wing Workers' Movement? Impressions from Germany Klaus Dörre ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:08:27 -0400 Class Power and Union Capacities: A Research Note on the Power Resources Approach Alexander Gallas ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:09:52 -0400 The Spectre of Social Democracy: A Symptomatic Reading of the Power Resources Approach Jörg Nowak ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:11:17 -0400 Review of: Megha Amrith (2016) Caring for Strangers: Filipino Medical Workers in Asia Jemima Joy Gbadago ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:12:35 -0400 Review of: Anne Zacharias-Walsh (2016) Our Unions, Our Selves: The Rise of Feminist Labour Unions in Japan Zita Lui ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:13:54 -0400 Review of: Ching Kwan Lee (2017) The Specter of Global China: Politics, Labor and Foreign Investment in Africa Sadhika Nanda ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:15:18 -0400 Review of: Tom Barnes (2016) Informal Labour in Urban India: Three Cities, Three Journeys Garima Singh ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:16:33 -0400 Review of: Amrita Pande (2014) Wombs in Labor: Transactional Commercial Surrogacy in India Edward Webster ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:17:55 -0400 Review of: Bridget Kenny (2018) Retail Worker Politics, Race and Consumption in South Africa: Shelved in the Service Economy Jennifer Jihye Chun ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:19:05 -0400 Review of: Sabrina Zajak (2017) Transnational Activism, Global Labor Governance and China Stefan Schmalz ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:20:14 -0400 Review of: Elaine Hui (2018) Hegemonic Transformation: The State, Laws, and Labour Relations in Post-Socialist China Lu Zhang ##submission.copyrightStatement## Sun, 30 Sep 2018 15:21:42 -0400