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Identity Work: Sustaining Transnational Collective Action at General Motors Europe

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What are the conditions under which transnational collective action is initiated and sustained? This paper presents a case study of General Motors Europe, where labor leaders have mobilized the workforce and bargained with management at the transnational level repeatedly over more than a decade as a response to management whipsawing and threats of plant closures. In contrast to structuralist interest-based theories of union behavior, we identify a process of “identity work‟ that was necessary to sustain transnational worker cooperation.

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2012-01-01

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General Motors; identity work; Europe; industrial relations; collective bargaining

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Required Publisher Statement: © Wiley. Final version published as: Greer, I., & Hauptmeier, M. (2012). Identity work: Sustaining transnational collective action at General Motors Europe. Industrial Relations, 51(1), 275-299. DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-232X.2012.00677.xReprinted with permission. All rights reserved.

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