Workers And Social Movements Of The Developing World: Time To Rethink The Scope Of Industrial Relations?

TitleWorkers And Social Movements Of The Developing World: Time To Rethink The Scope Of Industrial Relations?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsSen, Ratna, and Lee, Chang-Hee
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume154
Issue1
Pagination37 - 45
Date Published2015///
KeywordsBrazil, China, developing world, India, industrial relations, informal economy, informal workers, labor relations, nonunionized worker, precarious employment, Russian Federation, South Africa
Abstract

Against the background of decline in traditional industrial relations institutions in post-Fordist economies, the authors review the patterns of counter-movement to globalization that are emerging in the defense of workers in developing countries, with a particular focus on Asia. From the Marxian struggle they identify in China to the widely varied forms of protest and representational organization they observe in India, they argue for a more inclusive approach to industrial relations, both in practice and in research. The future, they suggest, will be shaped by the interplay of reform from above and the social movements spontaneously filling today's representational vacuum.