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Globalisation of Labour

The article discusses the implications of the entry of labour from China, India and Russia into the global labour force. It looks at global demand requirements for the absorption of this labour force and the possibility of bargaining for improved working conditions within globalised production networks. The article concludes with the global conditions of action to build an international countervailing power.

T his article deals with problems created by the globalisation of the labour force, more specically, by the entry of labour from China, India and Russia (as a proxy for the former Soviet Union) into the global labour force. In what way can we talk of the globalisation of the labour force, despite the obvious fact that labour, unlike capital, remains largely conned within national boundaries? These sections of labour were somewhat outside the global capitalist market, even if they were within particular types of capitalist markets of their own till the 1980s (China) and 1990s (India and Russia). But the opening up of these economies to the global market, has brought this vast number of workers, by some estimates 1.4 billion [Freeman 2005] into the global capitalist network of production and consumption.

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