Labor strikes, militancy, and migrant worker collective action
Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
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The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration
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Ness, I. 2013. Labor strikes, militancy, and migrant worker collective action. The Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration. .
- Published Online: 4 FEB 2013
Since the origins of capitalism in the early 18th century, strikes and work stoppages have been a frequent means of improving labor conditions and increasing low wages that are unable to provide for the basic costs of social reproduction: food, shelter, health care, and education. Given that recent migrant workers frequently do not have representation in traditional labor unions, they have frequently organized rank-and-file associations to defend their interests against employers who have extracted vast profits from their labor through lengthening the workday and in many instances delaying or failing to pay wages. Strikes have been an enduring tactic and strategy for building working-class power.
- labor supply;
- political economy