What prospects for transnational solidarity?

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Exploitation and resistance –

explorations into transnational labour solidarity

Every month from October to June 2013-14 our research group on Transnational Labour will hold an open seminar at the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS), Videnskabsakademiet 3rd floor, Drammensveien 78 (entrance to the left at the back of the house). The heading of the seminar series is “Exploitation and resistance – explorations into transnational labour solidarity”. We invite you as trade unionists, academic colleagues and engaged citizens to participate in the seminars, which will be held in English.

The first seminar is on October Thursday 10. Andreas Bieler speaks on:

“The global financial crisis, uneven and combined development and the role of labour – what  prospects for transnational solidarity?”

Time: Thursday 10 October, 14:00 -16:00 hours. Location: CAS, Videnskabsakademiet 3rd floor, Drammensveien 78 (tram 13 from Nationaltheatret to Skarpsno). The talk will be followed by a small reception.

The global financial crisis as part of globalisation has put labour movements under pressure around the world. As a result of uneven development, however, individual labour movements find themselves in rather different positions with contradictory interests. The purpose of this paper is to assess the uneven and combined nature of capitalist expansion as it is present at this point in time to provide the basis for reflection on possible moves towards transnational solidarity by labour movements.

Andreas Bieler is Professor of Political Economy and Fellow of the Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice (CSSGJ) in the School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, UK. His main research area is the conceptual and empirical analysis of trade unions and their possibilities to resist neo-liberal restructuring through the formation of transnational solidarity in times of globalization. He is author of The Struggle for a Social Europe: Trade Unions and EMU in Times of Global Restructuring (Manchester University Press, 2006) and co-editor (with Ingemar Lindberg) of Global Restructuring, Labour and the Challenges for Transnational Solidarity (Routledge, 2010).

About the Transnational Labour project: Globalization is a comprehensive process taking place on several societal levels, yet with an increasingly interwoven economy as prime mover. This raises the question whether there are actors that may be a counteractive force, a ‘historical subject’. The project shall investigate the international trade union movement, as this is most directly facing the corporations and has the relatively strongest organization among present social movements.

Knut Kjeldstadli is leader of the research group at CAS, which also includes Sabina Stan, Andreas Bieler, Roland Erne, Ann-Cecilie Bergene, Idar Helle and Darragh Golden.



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