Unionism and Employer Power Strategies in Spain: Ethnography of a Labor Struggle in an Iron and Steel Firm

TitleUnionism and Employer Power Strategies in Spain: Ethnography of a Labor Struggle in an Iron and Steel Firm
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsRoca, Beltran, and Rodriguez, Lluis
JournalAnthropology of Work Review
Volume35
Issue2
Pagination60 - 71
Date Published2014///
Keywordsiron and steel, labor power, labor relations, management strategies, Spain, trade union struggle, union campaign
Abstract

This article describes one case of trade union struggle in a mid-sized iron and steel company in the province of Cádiz (southern Spain). The authors propose an analytical framework that emphasizes power in the relations between capital and labor. According to them, the sources of labor power must be identified in order to study workers and management tactics. The described episode of a union campaign is used to illustrate management strategies to control the workforce, prevent conflict, and fight unions. The article finally provides a typology of management strategies based on the sort of labor power they aim to counter.