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Wednesday 18 March 2020 16.30 - 18.30
K-4 AFR01b Labour Movements and Workers Organisations: Historical Trajectories and Current Challenges in and from the Global South II
Johan Huizinga, 026
Network: Africa Chair: Stefano Bellucci
Organizer: Stefano Bellucci Discussants: -
Rossana Barragán : Challenges Facing the Labour Movement and Trade Unions in Bolivia
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Francesca Congiu : Made in Taiwan: Trade Unions Organisation and Politics in the Global Factory
In Taiwan, in the aftermath of the lifting of martial law in 1987, there was an emergence of organized labour protests and the formation of new and autonomous labour organizations. The labour movement developed as part of a broader anti-authoritarian movement. The main research question at the basis of the ... (Show more)
In Taiwan, in the aftermath of the lifting of martial law in 1987, there was an emergence of organized labour protests and the formation of new and autonomous labour organizations. The labour movement developed as part of a broader anti-authoritarian movement. The main research question at the basis of the paper derives from a preliminary reflection on the encouraging premises of the Taiwanese labour movement – driven as it was by the goals of political and social emancipation of workers from a repressive and authoritarian single-party regime – and the following disappointing outcomes. Thus, the research has intended to investigate the major limitations and setbacks encountered by the organized labour movement and to find out the major socio-political historical reasons behind these limitations. Throughout the application of Gramsci’s concepts of Integral State and Passive Revolution, the paper will argue that in the eighties, the failure of the workers’ movement can be considered as the outcome of a passive revolution that has seen the emergence of a neoliberal state and of a new historical bloc with specific ethnic and political characteristics, in defense of capitalism expansion. The research examines cross-checked materials coming from several primary sources which were integrated with open interviews with some of the 1980s labour activists who currently belong to the major non-governmental labour organizations (Taiwan Labour Front – TLF; Labour Rights Association – LRA). The documents consulted included Yearbooks of Labour Statistics, official and unofficial trade union reports, labour activists’ personal accounts and analyses of the movement, political leaders’ public speeches, as well as election data and labour legislation. (Show less)

Lucas Poy : 130 Years of Labor Movement in Argentina. A General Overview and a Discussion of Recent Historiographical Developments
2020 marks the 130th anniversary of the first celebration of the International Workers’ Day, on May 1, 1890. On that day, following the call of the international congress that had assembled in Paris the year before, some hundreds of workers met in downtown Buenos Aires to demand the 8-hour workday, ... (Show more)
2020 marks the 130th anniversary of the first celebration of the International Workers’ Day, on May 1, 1890. On that day, following the call of the international congress that had assembled in Paris the year before, some hundreds of workers met in downtown Buenos Aires to demand the 8-hour workday, to show their solidarity with their fellow workers of the whole world, and also to express the demands of the local working class. Although there are many important reasons to stress the importance of developments that had taken place in previous years and even decades, the date is still considered by many, and not without reason, as the starting point of the Argentine labor movement.
Indeed, Argentina has a very long history of labor activism and trade union activity. Since the last decades of the 19th century labor struggles held a prominent place in the local scene and, therefore, the labor movement played a key role in the country's political, social and economic history. Of course it underwent many different stages and phases, from the anarchist-oriented FORA of the early 1900s to the heavily bureaucratic unions of today—over all these years, many different political currents fought for the leadership of the movement, many organizational structures emerged and disappeared, many bloody dictatorships attempted, without success, to crush working class organizations.
This history has been addressed by a rich historiography, drawing upon different perspectives and approaches. The last 20 twenty years, in particular, experienced an important development in the field of labor historiography, that enriched our knowledge of the history of the country's working class. The goal of this paper is to survey recent historiographical contributions in order to provide a panoramic view of Argentina's trade union activities over more than a hundred years. It is intended as a synthesis for labor historians not so acquainted with the history of Argentine labor movement, and seeks to promote a dialogue with other colleagues from the Global South. (Show less)

Ratna Saptari : Indonesian Migrant Workers Union in the Netherlands
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Nira Wickramasinghe : Labour Movement in the Indian Ocean
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