Labour-centred development and decent work : a structuralist perspective on informal employment and trade union organizing in Uganda

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dc.contributor.advisor Fridell, Gavin
dc.creator Schminke, Tobias Gerhard
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-15T14:36:25Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-15T14:36:25Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.other HD6867 S36 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/handle/01/29224
dc.description 146 leaves : colour illustrations, colour maps ; 29 cm
dc.description Includes abstract and appendix.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 128-143).
dc.description.abstract The labour-centred development (LCD) approach emphasizes that development can only be brought about through the collective struggle of the labouring classes. Supporters of LCD undergird their argument by referring to the developmental achievements of European trade unions for the working population in post-war Europe. Critics point out that the global conditions of labour in the current era, however, have become highly informalized and are more challenging to organize. This thesis tests the assumptions of the LCD approach and examines, in a structuralist tradition, how trade unions in Uganda can address the decent work deficit in the informal economy, which in most cases lacks enforceable contracts, adequate earnings, productive work, representation, secure employment, and social protection. It concludes that the “business unionist” organizing strategy limits Ugandan trade unions’ ability to bring about LCD. Also, the specific nature of government influence in Uganda over trade unions significantly inhibits the ability of trade unions to promote LCD. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc HD6867
dc.subject.lcsh Labor unions -- Organizing -- Uganda
dc.subject.lcsh Informal sector (Economics) -- Uganda
dc.title Labour-centred development and decent work : a structuralist perspective on informal employment and trade union organizing in Uganda en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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