Identity Work: Sustaining Transnational Collective Action at General Motors Europe
University of Greenwich
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Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 275-299, 2012
What are the conditions under which transnational collective action is initiated and sustained? This article presents a case study of General Motors Europe, where labor leaders have mobilized the workforce and bargained with management at the transnational level repeatedly over more than a decade as a response to management whipsawing and threats of plant closures. In contrast to structuralist interest‐based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of 'identity work' that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.
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Date posted: April 21, 2012
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