The networked union? the internet as a challenge to trade union identity and roles

Miguel Martinez Lucio, Steve Walker

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Purpose - The article aims to look at the development of the internet in terms of its implications for the labour movement and its international activities. Design/methodology/approach - The paper brings together conclusions and findings based on the previous work of the two individual authors who have studied the role of the internet from a national and international perspective, using a range of methodologies. Findings - The impact of the internet in terms of facilitating communication and renewal strategies has been highly significant. However, the authors argue that such developments are also mediated by trade union structures and organisational traditions/ideologies at the national level where there is still a considerable degree of variety. It also looks and focuses on some of the challenges of international labour co-ordination through the use of the internet, noting some of the difficulties faced by trade unionists. The paper therefore brings together insights into the way organisations such as trade unions interact with such developments both at the national and international level. Originality/value - The article emphasises the need to develop a political and sociological understanding of the internet within industrial relations and in terms of future research. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-154
Number of pages17
JournalCritical Perspectives on International Business
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • International business
  • Internet
  • Labour
  • Trade unions


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