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Global Unions, Local PowerThe New Spirit of Transnational Labor Organizing$
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Jamie K. McCallum

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451935

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451935.001.0001

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Transnationalism, Mobilization, and Renewal: The Battle with G4S in South Africa

Transnationalism, Mobilization, and Renewal: The Battle with G4S in South Africa

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(p.99) Chapter 4 Transnationalism, Mobilization, and Renewal: The Battle with G4S in South Africa
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Global Unions, Local Power
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Jamie K. McCallum

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451935.003.0005

This chapter recounts the international meeting held by a group of security guards and union activists from across South Africa on the 2006 security guard strike that lasted for three months. A study on this meeting shows that South Africa's union movement, though intensely political, is grappling with serious questions of organization and politics that both perplex and discomfit many American unionists. Thus, an easy alliance between Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) would be hard to attain, given the cultural and political legacies of both union movements.

Keywords:   SEIU, Service Employees International Union, South African Transport and Allied Workers Union, SATAWU, union activists, union movements, South Africa

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