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Ramparts of Resistance
Why Workers Lost Their Power, and How to Get It Back


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Ramparts of Resistance
Why Workers Lost Their Power, and How to Get It Back

by Sheila Cohen (Author)



ISBN: 9780745315348


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A critical history of grasssroots labour struggles from the 1970s to today that calls for a new politics of trade unionism.

Ramparts of Resistance examines the experience of British and US workers during the last three decades to offer a broad analysis of the need for a new independent politics of trade unionism. Recent years have seen great changes in the trade union movement, from waves of strikes in the 1970s to a battery of employer and state onslaughts, culminating in the anti-union legislation of the 1980s and 1990s. Looking at grassroots labour struggles, Cohen explores issues of reformism, trade union democracy and the political meaning of ordinary workplace resistance, and puts forward ideas for change. Ramparts of Resistance examines the failure of the union movement to rise to the neo-liberal challenge and calls for a new politics of independent unionism and an explicitly class-based renewal of "workers' power". Coming at a time when union activity and membership involvement continues despite the odds, this book is an inspiring guide to the direction that unionism should take.


ISBN 745315348
ISBN13 9780745315348
Publisher Pluto Press
Format Hardback
Publication date 08/09/2006
Pages 264
Weight (grammes) 411
Published in United Kingdom
Height (mm) 215
Width (mm) 135

Introduction: Focussing on the Rank and File
Part One: What Happened
1. The Upsurge: 1968-74
2. 'How Little It Asked' (The Working Class): 1974-79
3. Gone With the Wind: Thatcher, Reagan and the early 1980s
4. Against the Stream: 1894-9
5. The Workers' TINA: Class Warfare in the 1990s
6. Into the 2000s: Seattle ... and September
Part Two: What to Make of It All
7. Unions &
8. Punctuation Marks: A Story of Class Consciousness
9. Transitions and Transformations: Which Side Are You On?