Authors

Ian Greer

Publication Date

2012

Abstract

What are the conditions under which transnational collective action is initiated and sustained? This paper presents a case study of General Motors Europe, where labor leaders have mobilized the workforce and bargained with management at the transnational level repeatedly over more than a decade as a response to management whipsawing and threats of plant closures. In contrast to structuralist interest-based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of “identity work‟ that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.

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© Wiley. Final version published as: Greer, I., & Hauptmeier, M. (2012). Identity work: Sustaining transnational collective action at General Motors Europe. Industrial Relations, 51(1), 275-299.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00677.x
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Greer, I., & Hauptmeier, M. (2012). Identity work: Sustaining transnational collective action at General Motors Europe[Electronic version]. Retrieved [insert date], from Cornell University, ILR School site:
http://digitalcommons.ilr.cornell.edu/articles/973