ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Continuity and Change

between the international trade unions and multinational corporations, They describe the role of the multi- nationals in circumventing blockades against South Africa. Though such boycotts are organised by the international trade unions against firms which do not provide appropriate freedom of association to workers (as in South Africa), the multinationals seldom appear to be affected by such gestures. The book acknowledges that the MNCs are a constant threat to Third World countries and provides evidence of trade unions working with the MNCs against the interests of their own nationals. Even if some of this is true, the links between AFL-CIO, the MNCs and the US government's overseas programmes get established. This may be probably the reason why many governments have an open door policy to American labour institutions, though the ICFTU is unwelcome. This is so because these countries are confident that if the AFL-CIO institutions can create unions, they could be also used to crush such militancy in labour as may develop in future.

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