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

TitleTransnational Organizing: A Case Study of Contract Workers in the Colombian Mining Industry
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsCotton, Elizabeth, and Royle, Tony
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume52
Issue4
Pagination705 - 724
Date Published2014///
KeywordsCarbones del Cerrejón, coal mining, Columbia, IndustriALL, Sintracarbon, subsidiarity
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.

URLhttp://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2523696