Cross-Movement Mobilizing after the Left Governments. Unions and Social Movements Alliances in Latin American Regional Organizing
This paper explores the challenges and potentials for the current alliance-building around issues of sustainable development and climate change that trade unions are creating with social movements in Latin America. Specifically, the paper looks into the regional trade union confederation and its positions on development during the past decade and in the present. The shift in governments has put unions and social movements on the same side again, and the possibilities for rebuilding relationships around issues of sustainable development are stronger. The challenges to that alliance today will also be addressed, together with a critique of the role unions have played in defending extractive development models.
A central issue in the paper is the role played by the association of unions around issues of energy democracy, and the relationship with trade unions in the US and Canada, where the debate sustainable development has taken a different, and more confrontational, form for the labour movement.