The Challenge of Transition: Trade Unions in Russia, China and Vietnam

Hardcover | January 15, 2011

bySimon Clarke, Tim Pringle

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This book explores the transformation of employment relations, the rise of worker protest and the reform of trade union practice to ask how successfully the state-socialist trade unions have adapted to their new role of representing the rights and interests of workers.

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This book explores the transformation of employment relations, the rise of worker protest and the reform of trade union practice to ask how successfully the state-socialist trade unions have adapted to their new role of representing the rights and interests of workers.

TIM PRINGLE has been researching labour relations in Asia since 1996 with particular attention to China. He has lived in China and Hong Kong for twelve years during which time he collaborated with colleagues and comrades from the academic, activist and trade union communities.  SIMON CLARKE is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the Un...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:January 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230233309

ISBN - 13:9780230233300

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
Introduction
State-Socialist Trade Unions in the Transition to a 'Socialist Market Economy'
The Challenge of Worker Activism
Traditional Trade Unions Adapting to New Conditions
The Limits and Possibilities of Trade Unions in Transition
Labour Activism and the Reform of Trade Unions
References
Index

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"This is a unique and valuable contribution to research on post communist reform of labour, by combining comparative analysis at a grassroots level with the broader reform initiatives. The result is both an optimistic and realistic assessment of the impediments to further reform, identifying the key force for change, labour itself." -- Bill Taylor, Fulbright Senior Fellow, Cornell University and Asia Programs Fellow, Harvard University, and Associate Professor, City University of Hong Kong"This is vital reading for students of comparative employment relations, and anyone interested in the future of the labour movement." -- Sarah Ashwin, Professor of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK"Tim Pringle and Simon Clarke offer the clearest picture yet of the ways in which trade unions in Russia, China, and Vietnam are struggling to respond to transformed employment relations and worker activism, as well as the obstacles to and possibilities for meaningful trade union reform." -- Martin Hart-Lansberg, Professor of Economics, Director of the Political Economy Program, Lewis and Clark College"A major achievement: essential to understand the prospects of those nearly one billion workers that have entered the global labour market after the demise of state socialism." --Guglielmo Meardi, Associate Professor of Industrial Relations, Warwick Business School, UK