Transnational organizing: a case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industry

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Cotton, E. and Royle, T. 2014. Transnational organizing: a case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industry. British Journal of Industrial Relations. 52 (4), pp. 705-724. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12029
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TitleTransnational organizing: a case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industry
AuthorsCotton, E. and Royle, T.
Abstract

This article examines recent organizing successes in the Carbones del Cerrejón coal mine, reversing the organizational crisis of the Colombian mining union, Sintracarbon. Using Wever's concept of ‘field-enlarging strategies’, we argue that these events were facilitated by the dissemination of organizing experiences between affiliates of a Global Union Federation, International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM), which recently merged to form IndustriALL. Additionally, we argue that this articulation between international and national unions, based on the principle of subsidiarity, was facilitated through sustained ICEM educational project activity, providing multiple entry points for Sintracarbon to operationalize its strategy and re-establish bargaining with multinational employers.

KeywordsColombia, mining, extractive industries, global unions, international solidarity, Anglo American Plc, Glencore, BHP Billiton, Carbonnes del Cerrejon, Sintracarbon, ICEM, Industriall, trade union education, contract and agency workers, paramilitary
PublisherWileyBlackwell
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
ISSN0007-1080
Electronic1467-8543
Publication dates
Online07 Jan 2014
Print11 Nov 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited06 Jul 2015
Accepted12 Mar 2013
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
Copyright Statement

This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Cotton, E. and Royle, T. (2014), Transnational Organizing: A Case Study of Contract Workers in the Colombian Mining Industry. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 52: 705–724. doi: 10.1111/bjir.12029, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12029. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.

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Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12029
LanguageEnglish
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