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Diana Mulinari

Diana Mulinari

Deputy Head of Department | Director of Doctoral Studies | Professor

Diana Mulinari

Everyday working lives in a transnational corporation in Mexico: The contradictory cooptation of trade unionists

Author

  • Diana Mulinari
  • Nora rätzhel
  • Aina Tollefsen

Summary, in English

This article aims to contribute to the rich literature on neoliberalization and trade unions in Mexico by providing an examination of the contradictory relationships between capital, trade unions and the workers they represent, in a Swedish-based transnational corporation. The article investigates how the broader international relationships of dependency and exploitation are lived by workers and trade unionists in the everyday of a transnational corporation in Mexico, where the power of the trade unions has been undermined by politics of neoliberalization and by the demise of the ruling party, with which the unions are allied. Its thesis is that trade unions are changing from being power brokers between governments, companies and workers to becoming mediators of subordination to the company. While they still retain some of their power (for instance their participation in hiring and firing), they are becoming unable to secure work security and workers’ rights. In the everyday working life of a factory this means that unionists are torn between their need and wish to protect workers’ rights and their jobs as union officials. In this context, they experience a need to subordinate themselves and the workers they are supposed to represent to the strategy of the management. They employ a number of strategies to legitimate their existence, none of which appears to be very convincing to the workers. While the union’s strategies undermine their ability and that of the workers to organize for their rights, it also produces a dissatisfaction among workers that counters the company’s attempt to organize consent and motivation.

Department/s

  • Department of Gender Studies

Publishing year

2011

Language

English

Pages

379-399

Publication/Series

Economic and Industrial Democracy

Volume

32

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Topic

  • Gender Studies

Keywords

  • transnational corporations
  • resistance
  • labour unions
  • gender

Status

Published

Project

  • Grounding Globalisation - the everyday life of workers in a transnational company in Europe, Latin America and Africa.

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0143-831X