Workers in a Lean World

Workers in a Lean World:Unions in the International Economy

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“A very important study that deserves a wide audience.” —Choice

In this comprehensive study of current labour relations worldwide, Kim Moody surveys both sides of the picket lines. He provides a measured assessment of multinational managements’ strategies to downsize, introduce flexible production and compel workers to accept less pay for more work. He emphasizes the need, in the face of these changes, for renewal and international coordination among national unions and provides examples, from North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia, of how this has been achieved.
A bracing riposte to the conventional wisdom concerning the irresistible power of globalization, Workers in a Lean World is a definitive account of contemporary labor relations on a global scale.


  • Kim Moody is one of the leading intellectuals of the labor movement. In this book he sweeps across the world to reveal exactly how class struggles between multinational capital and labor has shaped working conditions, capital mobility, state power, and the prospects for a visionary labor movement.

    Robin D.G. Kelley, author of Race Rebels: Culture, Politics and the Black Working Class
  • Of the many books we’ve seen on globalization, Workers in a Lean World presents the best analysis of how working people can respond strategically to the on-going transformation of capitalism.

    Jeremy Brecher and Tim CostelloNew Politics
  • This is a very important study that deserves a wide audience.