Trade Union Consciousness, East and West: A Comparison of Fiat Factories in Poland and Italy
Title: Trade Union Consciousness, East and West: A Comparison of Fiat Factories in Poland and Italy
Author: MEARDI, Guglielmo
Citation: European Journal of Industrial Relations, 1996, 2, 3, 275-302
This article presents the first results of a qualitative research project examining trade union activists at Fiat factories in Italy and Poland. It discusses two issues: first, whether it is possible to find any common ground (a 'principle of unity') which could facilitate transnational union action; second, the distinctive features of the development of Polish trade unionism in comparison with unions in the West. By applying Touraine's model of working-class consciousness, one can detect profound differences between Italian and Polish workers, and there seems to be increasing divergence between unionism in the East and the West.
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