Trade Union Organisation and Workers’ Rights in Global Production and Supply Networks

Project Details


As capital ‘goes global’, trade unions have sought to build new international organisations to better represent their members, especially as the old industry-based international trade union federations no longer ‘map onto’ the most important geographical or other (network) dimensions of global production and supply chains.
One of the more innovative initiatives of recent years is the ‘Maritime & Mining Alliance’ that represents 5 million workers in the mining, maritime, and related industries. The leading unions in the Alliance are the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) (Australia), the longshore unions in the United States (ILWU and ILA), and the South African Transport & Allied Workers’ Union. This project seeks to establish how and why the Alliance came about and more importantly to evaluate its effectiveness in representing and protecting the interesting of workers in this particular global production and supply chain.
Effective start/end date15/06/1631/07/16