This paper investigates tensions between the 'partnership' and 'organising' components of the tuc's 'New Unionism' project. It rejects the argument that partnership and organising can be complementary union renewal processes. It shows how partnership relations can detach activists from union members and restrict member mobilisation.
Diverse national systems of industrial relations impact diVerently on the way unions respond to industrial and organisational adjustments in contemporary automotive industry in Italy and Britain. This opens a new Weld for reconsidering workers' collective oppositional activity in the light of the problematic nature of union involvement in managerial decision-making.
The article examines the 'manufacturing consent' amongst workers within a global chemical fertilizer company. It explores the 'rituals of aYrmation' and insecurity within 'new workplace regimes', focusing on the role of the ewc and kaizen in shaping acquiescence to corporate restructuring and job losses.
This article criticises economic approaches to Capital which attempt to deWne the logic of capital in abstraction of concrete historical developments. By neglecting subjectivity and agency in their arguments, it is argued, these approaches are conWned to a formal understanding which can never be reconciled with historical developments. To escape this problem, the article turns to Hegel's dialectic in order to overcome the subject/object dualism implied in economic approaches. It Wnally examines the opening chapter on value and fetishism in Capital in order to show how Capital displays this Hegelian historicist sensitivity.
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