Transnational Organizing: A Case Study of Contract Workers in the Colombian Mining Industry

20 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2014

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Elizabeth Cotton

Middlesex University - Business School

Tony Royle

JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway; Nottingham Trent University

Date Written: December 2014

Abstract

This article examines recent organizing successes in the Carbones del Cerrejón coal mine, reversing the organizational crisis of the Colombian mining union, Sintracarbon. Using Wever's concept of ‘field‐enlarging strategies’, we argue that these events were facilitated by the dissemination of organizing experiences between affiliates of a Global Union Federation, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), which recently merged to form IndustriALL. Additionally, we argue that this articulation between international and national unions, based on the principle of subsidiarity, was facilitated through sustained ICEM educational project activity, providing multiple entry points for Sintracarbon to operationalize its strategy and re‐establish bargaining with multinational employers.

Suggested Citation

Cotton, Elizabeth and Royle, Tony, Transnational Organizing: A Case Study of Contract Workers in the Colombian Mining Industry (December 2014). British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 52, Issue 4, pp. 705-724, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523696 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12029

Elizabeth Cotton (Contact Author)

Middlesex University - Business School

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Tony Royle

JE Cairnes School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway ( email )

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Galway, Co. Galway
Ireland

Nottingham Trent University ( email )

Nottingham Business School
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United Kingdom
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