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Trade unions and the informal economy in Zambia: Building strength or loosing ground?

URN zum Zitieren dieses Dokuments: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus4-2833


Heidenreich, Georg:
Trade unions and the informal economy in Zambia: Building strength or loosing ground?
Bayreuth , 2007 . - (Bayreuth African Studies Working Papers ; 5 )


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The increasing casualisation of labour forces trade unions globally to deal with a growing number of unprotected and unrepresented workers in what is dubbed by the unions, even if critically, as the informal economy. This paper assesses the impact and further potential of a direct and indirect intervention of the Zambian labour movement towards the informal economy, according to basic criteria like skills development, networking, innovation capacity and access to finance for micro-entrepreneurs. Through providing business development services, the unions also encourage informal sector organizations to associate themselves with Zambia Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), thereby strengthening the socio-political representation of the informal economy workers and the labour union movement as a whole. It still remains to be seen, however, to which extent NGO-like approaches that seem to be vital when opening towards the informal economy might compromise basic principles of the labour movement like effective, yet democratic and transparent structures based on mass membership.

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Publikationsform: Buch / Monografie
Keywords: Sambia; Gewerkschaft; Schattenwirtschaft; Afrika; Privatisierung; Nichtstaatliche Organisation; informeller Sektor; Zambia; Trade Unions; informal economy; Africa
Themengebiete aus DDC: 300 Sozialwissenschaften > 330 Wirtschaft
Institutionen der Universität: Fakultäten > Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Sprache: Englisch
Titel an der UBT entstanden: Ja
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:703-opus4-2833
Eingestellt am: 25 Apr 2014 12:16
Letzte Änderung: 05 Mai 2014 10:44
URI: https://epub.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/718


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