Altermondialisme, alter-syndicalisme? Revue et regard sur l'Australie

Le Queux, Stéphane (2014) Altermondialisme, alter-syndicalisme? Revue et regard sur l'Australie. Interface, 6 (2). pp. 59-75.

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This paper considers the extent to which the anti-globalisation or global social justice movement could contribute to a revival of trade unions. After an account of the early theoretical corpus that emerged at the turn of the 21st Century and which argued for the need for a revitalisation of trade union politics, it identifies the ways in which the new protest movements represent a challenge for the trade unions and the lessons they might learn in facing up to this challenge. Four fault lines are outlined in relation to key areas of concern: political alternatives; participatory democracy; organic cohesion and inclusion; the renewal of activism. It finally focuses on the Australian context, which lets us conclude on a note of scepticism.

Item ID: 36790
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2009-2431
Keywords: anti-globalisation; altermondialisme; union revitalization; social movement; Australia
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Abstract (French): Cet article traite du rapport entre altermondialisme et syndicalisme, soit en quoi la mouvance contestataire interpelle l'acteur syndical ? Après une revue de la littérature sur la question, une grille heuristique est fournie afin de guider la lecture des problématiques en jeu. C'est au moyen d'une telle grille que la thèse d'une « revitalisation » syndicale, c'est-à-dire celle d'un syndicalisme de mouvement social de nouvelle génération, est confrontée empiriquement ; cela afin d'en relativiser la portée. Une attention particulière est consacrée au cas australien, car il fait modèle d'antithèse d'un « alter-syndicalisme ».

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