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Lessons from the labour movements of China and India, 27 January

Speaker: Immanuel Ness
Date: Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Time: 12:30-14:00
Venue: CCS Seminar Room 602, 6th Floor, MTB Tower, Howard College, UKZN

In both China and India, the capital accumulation process is meeting labour resistance, especially in the Pearl River Delta, which is (combining PRC ports and Hong Kong) the largest such transit site in the world. The capacity of the two most populous countries' labour movements to contest super-exploitative corporate

Immanuel Ness is a professor of political science at Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. As a labour activist, he has been involved with the New York Unemployed Committee, Lower East Side Community-Labor Coalition and several unions for which he organised, including those focusing on links between New York's Mexican workers, unions, and community groups. Since 2000, he has been editor of WorkingUSA: The Journal of Labor and Society, and he is general editor of the Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest: 1500 to the Present (Wiley-Blackwell 2009). He studies worker resistance, including rank-and-file action, unemployed movements, and autonomist labour organizations; his authored and edited books include Immigrants, Unions and the New U.S. Labor Market (Temple University Press 1995), Guest Workers and U.S. Corporate Despotism (University of Illinois Press 2011), Ours to Master and to Own: Workers Councils from the Commune to the Present (Haymarket Books 2011), Encyclopedia of Global Human Migration (Wiley Blackwell 2013), Migration in a World of Inequality (Monthly Review Press 2014) and the Encyclopedia of American Social Movements (M.E.Sharpe), which won the American Library Association's award for 'Best Reference Source.'

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