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Reference
Mwilima, Ntwala (2006) The role of the Labour movement under present conditions of globalization. Centre for Civil Society  Colloquium on the Economy, Society and Nature: 1-6.

Summary
Introduction

The current trends of globalization which is characterized by free trade and capital mobility is a big threat for trade unions and workers all over the world. Under the current global order, we have observed massive job losses which has led to declining membership base for unions and the informalization of the labour markets. Regardless of the negative impact of the processes of globalization, countries continue to adopt and implement economic policies in line with the neo-liberal economic paradigm believing that this will encourage the inflow of foreign direct investments into their countries and thus create employment. Contrary to this belief, effects of neo-liberal policies such SAPs and privatization have led to the deregulation of the labour market and retrenchments in the formal sector, which has traditionally been the strong base of trade union membership. Furthermore, we have observed a shift from secure employment towards the creation of precarious employment patterns under the process of globalization.

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