International Union Networks As a Strategy of Resistance to the Power of MNCs

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 14:45
Location: Hörsaal 48 (Main Building)
Oral Presentation
Ariella ARAUJO, Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences - UNICAMP, Brazil
Ariella ARAUJO, Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences - UNICAMP, Brazil
This paper has the objective of discussing the formation of Union Networks International and how these networks have been articulated on an international scope. It can be said that the union networks have been an international trend that developed, firstly, in countries of central capitalism, mainly in western europe, due to the fragility that the unions were facing because of the actions of transnational companies. These actions, due to a competitiveness of speech, were implicated in massive layoffs, attacks on social benefits, and reductions of wages and greater increases of the working day. as a result of these factors, the networks were created as a way to set solidarity up among workers that suffered the direct damages of the structural adjustment process. Because of this, we will focus on debate about the process of resistance that these networks can offer before the power of MNCs in the actual stage of capital, based on in some observations in the specialized literature.  We understand that networks are evolving as a possibility for action at the international level, once increasingly, unionism has inserted in its agendas the discussion of the growing challenge of creating appropriate and effective mechanisms for coordination, organization and articulation of union action on an international scale, mainly because this is the sphere of capitalism action and the transnational companies and their internationalized production and subcontracting networks. The idea of global networking can be a promising possibility to the future of the union movement, as long as they are firmly in tune with their rank-and-file. Some researchers tend to list these kind of movement, that seek to resist the harmfull effect of “economic globalization”,  and the power of MNCs, as one the main novelties in the political arena due to its form of articulation in networks, with global extension.