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Supply Chain Capitalism Series: Chandan Kumar

April 10, 2024

12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

WCC; 3007 Room

Lunch will be provided.

The Program on Law and Political Economy and the Center for Labor and a Just Economy are excited to present the semester-long series, Supply Chain Capitalism: Legal Regimes and Worker Power. The series will investigate law’s role in structuring global supply chains. Across four installments, we will examine how contemporary modes of supply, production, and capital ownership – or Supply Chain Capitalism – impact the distribution of power and resources between the global north and the global south and between capital and labor. We will pay particular attention to law’s role in enabling, sustaining or, potentially disrupting these distributive and relational patterns.

All are welcome! For those who plan to join via the livestream, Zoom links will be available on this page: https://lpe.law.harvard.edu/events/supply-chain-capitalism/ at least 24 hours before each session. Please see further event details below.

Organizing and Challenges of Trade Unionism in Global Supply and Value Chains
Chandan Kumar, Working Peoples’ Charter

The growing informality of the labor market has become a ‘blessing in disguise’ for a large number of companies, especially major corporations. As the world of work changes, so too do organizing efforts. It is imperative that trade unionism adapt to the changing nomenclature of the new world of work. The trade union movement has already been experiencing the difficulties of organizing in the post-liberalization era, but newer phenomena – global supply and value chains, platform economies, etc. – are more complex to comprehend. This talk argues that the workers’ movement must develop its capacity to utilize opportunities arising from the world of technology. Social media has become a major collectivizing agent in many circumstances of the recent labor movement. Such tools of social media should be strategically used for collectivizing and unionizing workers of the emerging sector of the knowledge economy. The trade union movement must think through how a new generation of organizers can harness traditional organizing methodologies such as tripartitism, social dialogue, etc. alongside new communication tools.

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