Renewal in the French Trade Union Movement: A Grassroots Perspective

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Peter Lang, 2010 - Business & Economics - 248 pages
Drawing on ethnographic research in the breakaway trade union movement Fédération des Syndicats Solidaires, Unitaires et Démocratiques (SUD), this book explores broad questions of trade union renewal in France. The SUD movement emerged in 1988 with the avowed intention to revitalise French trade unionism. Since its emergence the movement has increasingly been cited as a prime instigator of social unrest in France. In a wider context of union decline in Europe, this research considers to what extent and in what ways SUD has been able to develop and sustain collective organisation, identity and mobilisation.
Research was conducted in a local-level union of SUD-Rail, a union which emerged in the French public railway sector in 1996 from an ideological split within one of France's largest trade union confederations, the Confédération Française Démocratique du Travail (CFDT). From an ethnographic perspective, the book contributes a thick description of trade unionism at the local level and, drawing on social movement theory, analyses activists' attempts to confront and renew practices and structures in trade unionism. The book evaluates the success of the SUD movement and the prospects for a more sustained renewal of French trade unionism.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
21
CHAPTER THREE
39
CHAPTER FOUR
63
Trade Unionism in the French Railways
95
vi
105
CHAPTER EIGHT
121
CHAPTER
123
CHAPTER SEVEN
151
Representative Roles
167
CHAPTER NINE
189
CHAPTER
207
Appendix
231
Index
247
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About the author (2010)

Heather Connolly was born in Bridge of Weir in Scotland. She completed her doctorate in industrial relations at the University of Warwick in 2008. She spent a year in France undertaking ethnographic field research for her doctorate and worked as a researcher at the European Trade Union Institute in Brussels. Heather was Research Associate at the University of Manchester from 2008 to 2010 and is currently teaching in the field of industrial relations at the University of Warwick.

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