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The future of unions and worker representation : the digital picket line / Anthony Forsyth.

By: Forsyth, Anthony [author.]Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Hart, 2022Description: pages cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781509924974; 9781509956432Subject(s): Labor unions -- Law and legislation | Labor unions -- Organizing | Employees -- Effect of technological innovations on | Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- Australia | Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- United States | Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- Italy | Labor unions -- Law and legislation -- Great BritainDDC classification: 331.8809 FOR 2022 LOC classification: K1721 | .F67 2022

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction -- A snapshot of union decline in the four countries -- The legal framework for unions and worker representation in the four countries -- Unions in the USA : from the organising model to alt-labour -- Australian unions : from the accord to 'change the rules' -- Australian unions : innovations, amalgamations and organising beyond the workplace -- The UK : from 'new unionism' to indy and digital unions -- Italian unions : fighting for the marginalised -- Unions and the gig economy : advocacy, campaigning, mobilising -- Unions and the gig economy : misclassification test cases and collective bargaining -- What is the future of unions and worker representation? What changes are needed in labour laws? -- The COVID-19 pandemic : the undeniable case for unions.

"This book charts the path to revitalisation for trade unions in Australia, the USA, the UK, and Italy. It examines the examples of innovation and digital campaigning that are enabling unions to build new forms of worker power - and overcome decades of declining membership wrought by neoliberalism, globalisation, and hostility from employers and the state. The study evaluates the responses of unions in each country to falling membership levels since the 1980s. It considers the US 'organising model' and its adoption in Australia and the UK, comparing this with the strategies of Italian unions which have been more deliberately focused on precarious and migrant workers. The increasing reliance of US unions on community alliances, as seen in the 'Fight for $15' and similar campaigns, is scrutinised along with new union prototypes like Hospo Voice in Australia, the Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain and SI Cobas in Italy. The book includes an in-depth analysis of union responses to the gig economy in the four countries, and the emergence of self-organised worker collectives to combat this exploitative business model. The vital role played by unions in defending the interests of workers during the COVID-19 pandemic is also examined. As well as highlighting the most successful union initiatives to meet the challenges of the past 30 years, the book assesses the strengths and deficiencies of the legal framework for union representation in the four nations. It identifies the labour law reforms needed to rebuild collectivism, but argues that more is needed than favourable laws. This cross-national study provides a rich basis for identifying the combination of reforms, strategies and linkages required to ensure that unions can remain relevant for a new generation of digitally-active workers"--

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