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Title: Enhancing transnational labour solidarity: the unfulfilled promise of the Internet and social media
Authors: Geelan, Torsten
Hodder, Andy
First Published: 14-Sep-2017
Publisher: Wiley
Citation: Industrial Relations Journal, 2017, 48 (4), pp. 345-364
Abstract: This article examines the activities of Union Solidarity International (USI), a new UK‐based organisation in the international union arena. USI seeks to encourage and support international solidarity between trade unions and other worker movements around the world by harnessing the dynamism of the Internet and social media. Drawing on a combination of in‐depth semi‐structured interviews, documentary analysis, Google Analytics and social media data, the findings of this case study suggest that USI is successfully developing an international audience in the United States, the UK and Ireland. However, USI's ability to reach beyond English‐speaking countries and mobilise people to engage in collective action appears limited. The article makes an important contribution to the growing literature on social media in industrial relations through analysing the extent to which digital technologies can contribute to effective transnational labour solidarity.
DOI Link: 10.1111/irj.12190
ISSN: 0019-8692
eISSN: 1468-2338
Embargo on file until: 14-Sep-2019
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2017, Wiley. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s open access archiving policy. (
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