Identity Work: Sustaining Transnational Collective Action at General Motors Europe

23 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2012

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Ian Greer

University of Greenwich

Marco Hauptmeier

Cardiff University

Date Written: April 2012

Abstract

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 interestā€based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of 'identity work' that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.

Suggested Citation

Greer, Ian and Hauptmeier, Marco, Identity Work: Sustaining Transnational Collective Action at General Motors Europe (April 2012). Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 51, Issue 2, pp. 275-299, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2042946 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00677.x

Ian Greer (Contact Author)

University of Greenwich ( email )

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Greenwich
London, SE10 9LS
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://werugreenwich.wordpress.com/

Marco Hauptmeier

Cardiff University ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

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