Trade unions, democratic waves, and structural adjustment: the case of francophone West Africa

Phelan, Craig (2011) Trade unions, democratic waves, and structural adjustment: the case of francophone West Africa. Labor History, 52(4), pp. 461-481. ISSN (print) 0023-656X

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Abstract

This article assesses the consequences of political reform and structural adjustment programmes on trade union development in the countries of Francophone West Africa. It addresses the key questions of how and to what extent the democratic upsurge of the 1990s has impacted trade unionism and how structural adjustment has reshaped the industrial relations’ landscape. It surveys recent developments such as the increasing influence of international labour organisations, the growth of social dialogue in the region, trade union proliferation and the new focus on organising informal sector workers. The article concludes that despite the decline in trade union density, the present climate represents opportunities as well as dilemmas for continued trade union vigour.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Development studies
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Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Science (until November 2012)
Depositing User: Craig Phelan
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2011 11:28
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2011 11:28
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/21564

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