Global Unions, Global Business (Second Edition)

Global Union Federations and International Business

by Richard Croucher
 Elizabeth Cotton

  • Pages:174
  • Published:2011
£ 19.95 isbn: 978 1 907471 22 3

About Global Unions, Global Business (Second Edition)

The highly acclaimed first edition has been completely revised and updated.

Some reviews of the first edition:

'…an original and informative review of the international dimension of trade union work. The book benefits not only from academic insights but also from the practical experience of the authors.'

Edward Bickham, Executive Vice President, Anglo American plc

 ‘Elizabeth Cotton and Richard Croucher have written the essential guide to international trade unionism.’

Dan Gallin, Global Labour Institute

  ‘…original and even pathbreaking’

Peter Waterman, author of Globalization, Social Movements and the New Internationalisms

About this book

Global Unions, Global Business looks at a little-understood aspect of globalisation: the role of the Global Union Federations in international employment relations. The book outlines the way that trade unions at international level relate to multinational companies using detailed and up-to-date illustrations of their activities. Importantly, the book includes an in-depth case study of one GUF’s dealings with a major multinational company. Throughout the book the authors also explore the previously unknown internal lives of the Global Union Federations and propose ideas about how they can strengthen their position internationally.

Global Unions, Global Business is a unique contribution to existing literature on globalisation and international employment relations, throwing new light both on the international trade union movement and its relations with multinational companies. The book will be of interest to all those interested in the future of trade unionism, multinational companies and the future of international industrial relations.

 About the authors

Professor Richard Croucher is Associate Dean, Research at Middlesex University Business School in London. He has worked for many years with Global Union Federations.

Elizabeth Cotton is Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. She has worked in International Development for many years and was the Head of Programmes for the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions.


About Richard Croucher

Professor Richard Croucher is Associate Dean, Research at Middlesex University Business School in London. He has worked for many years with Global Union Federations.


About Elizabeth Cotton

Elizabeth Cotton is Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School. She has worked in International Development for many years and was the Head of Programmes for the International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers’ Unions


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