Trade union internationalism and political change in Myanmar

Henry, Nicholas 2015, Trade union internationalism and political change in Myanmar, Global change, peace and security, vol. 27, no. 1, Special Issue: The Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies: Transitions in the Asia Pacific, pp. 69-84, doi: 10.1080/14781158.2015.997688.

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Title Trade union internationalism and political change in Myanmar
Author(s) Henry, Nicholas
Journal name Global change, peace and security
Volume number 27
Issue number 1
Season Special Issue: The Sixth Oceanic Conference on International Studies: Transitions in the Asia Pacific
Start page 69
End page 84
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1478-1166
Keyword(s) Myanmar
trade unions
International Labour Organization
international norms
non-state actors
political change
Summary Networks of trade union activists working as part of the global union movement have played a central role in political change in Myanmar. In response to trade union advocacy, compliance with International Labour Organization (ILO) standards was made a key condition for the lifting of sanctions on Myanmar, leading the current civilian government to pass revised labour laws allowing the formation of independent trade unions. Union activists have taken advantage of this new freedom, with a rapid growth in registration of local union organizations since 2011. Based on recent fieldwork in Myanmar, including interviews with union leaders and ILO officials, this paper presents an empirical analysis of political relationships formed by local and international union organizations in the context of multi-level political change. In this case study of translating international norms into domestic political change, local and international trade union networks are shown to have a significant impact on achieving compliance with international labour standards.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/14781158.2015.997688
Field of Research 160606 Government and Politics of Asia and The Pacific
1605 Policy And Administration
1606 Political Science
Socio Economic Objective 940399 International Relations not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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