Factory modernisation and union identity: new challenges for unions: reflections from Brazilian case studies

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Abstract

Using detailed primary data from Brazil, this paper investigates what problems
modernisation has created for unions within the white goods industry. Drawing from a
detailed analysis of the modernisation strategies of five firms and their effects on work
and on workers’ attitudes, the research applies a model of union identity to the experiences of the unions at these sites. As it appears clear that workers are keen for unions to
have a new role in relation to recent changes to the workplace, the existence of ‘moderate’, ‘strategic’ and ‘radical/political’ unions at the comprehensively modernised sites
permits the analysis to compare the effectiveness of both ‘optimistic’ and ‘pessimistic’
union response hypotheses.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDen Haag
PublisherInternational Institute of Social Studies (ISS)
Number of pages53
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

Publication series

SeriesISS working papers. General series
Number377
ISSN0921-0210

Series

  • ISS Working Paper-General Series

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