Where are the Unions?
Workers and Social Movements in Latin America, Middle East and Europe
Distributed for Zed Books
As the contributors to this volume show, workers’ strikes and protests played a critical role in these mass movements, yet their role has been significantly understated in many narratives of these events. Where are the Unions? corrects this oversight by focusing on the complex interactions among organized workers, the unemployed, the self-employed, youth, students, and the state, while critically assessing the concept of the precariat—the social class made up of people without job security. With contributions from four continents, this is the most comprehensive look at the global context of mass mobilization within the last two decades.
“This book is pivotal to understanding global social movements. Sian Lazar has impressively drawn examples from around the world, demonstrating that resisting union bureaucracy and government authoritarianism is essential to creating enduring democratic structures. Essential for students of social movements.”