Towards Resonant Places: Reflections On The Organizing Strategy Of TheInternational Transport Workers’ Federation

TitleTowards Resonant Places: Reflections On The Organizing Strategy Of TheInternational Transport Workers’ Federation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsAnderson, Jeremy
JournalSpace and Polity
Volume19
Issue1
Date Published2015///
Keywordsglobal labor studies, global union federations, GUFs, International Transport Workers’ Federation, spatialities of power, transnational labor organizing
Abstract

This article explores a geographical dilemma at the heart of union organizing in transnational corporations; namely, how to circulate union power across different spaces when existing labor struggles are generally restricted to single sites. Reflecting on the experience of the International Transport Workers' Federation, this paper argues that single site campaigns have been crucial to its organizing program. Analyzing cases involving dock workers in India and logistics workers in Turkey, it is noted that these struggles are resource intensive but potentially transformational, and should be theorized as ‘resonant places’ in a wider global organizing strategy.