Rodríguez García, MagalyLiberal Workers of the World, Unite?The ICFTU and the Defence of Labour Liberalism in Europe and Latin America(1949-1969)
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Wien, 2010. XVI, 338 pp., num. tables and graphs
Trade Unions Past, Present and Future
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The history of international free trade union organisations during the first two decades of the Cold War is an important but often neglected
aspect of the development of post-war labour and liberalism. In this path-breaking book, Rodríguez García fills this void in the historical literature
by offering a comparative analysis of two cases, the European Regional Organisation (ERO) and the Inter-American Regional Workers'
Organisation (ORIT), which were created in the early 1950s as regional branches of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions
(ICFTU). The author employs the term 'labour liberalism' to describe their wide variety of functions. She argues that social democratic and
reformist trade unions, which made up the bulk of ICFTU members, were fundamentally shaped by liberal values, even while calling for the
active participation of organised labour in the planning and implementation of projects promoting liberal democracy and socio-economic
development at home and abroad. By placing international free trade unionism centre stage, this book adds significantly to our understanding of
post-war labour and liberalism.
Free trade unions' ideological roots - International liberalism - International unionism in Europe and Latin America - Free trade unions'
nationalism: views on political democracy - Free trade unions' nationalism: views on socio-economic policy - Free trade unions' regionalism and
internationalism: views on integration and free trade - Free trade unions and labour liberalism.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Magaly Rodríguez García was born in Ecuador and received her Ph.D. from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. She currently holds a postdoctoral
research grant from the Research Foundation - Flanders (Belgium) and works in close coopera tion with the Amsterdam-based International
Institute of Social History.