Chapter 9. Grounding Labour Internationalism

  1. Edward Webster,
  2. Rob Lambert and
  3. Andries Bezuidenhout

Published Online: 18 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303018.ch9

Grounding Globalization: Labour in the Age of Insecurity

Grounding Globalization: Labour in the Age of Insecurity

How to Cite

Webster, E., Lambert, R. and Bezuidenhout, A. (2008) Grounding Labour Internationalism, in Grounding Globalization: Labour in the Age of Insecurity, Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303018.ch9

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 6 JUN 2008

Book Series:

  1. Antipode Book Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Noel Castree

Series Editor Information

  1. University of Manchester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405129145

Online ISBN: 9781444303018



  • grounding labour internationalism;
  • social movement unionism (SMU);
  • past labour Internationalisms;
  • globalization and new labour internationalisms;
  • contrasting ‘old’ and ‘new’ labour internationalism;
  • ‘Old’ Labour Internationalism;
  • end of Cold War and impact on global union federations;
  • SIGTUR - experiment in new labour internationalism;
  • process of building transnational movement;
  • new form of organization - Self Employed Workers Association (SEWA)


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Past Labour Internationalisms

  • Globalization and New Labour Internationalisms

  • The ‘Old’ Labour Internationalism

  • The ‘New’ Internationalism


  • The Roots of Activism

  • Constructing a New Labour Internationalism