Social movement unionism
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Social movement unionism is a strategy that unions deploy to attract community support, build alliances with other activists, and mobilise workers’ common cause with other campaigns for social and economic justice. It is a form of political activism in which worker-citizens direct unions to act within the channels of national or transnational civil society. Such a strategy includes, for example, efforts to organise consumer boycotts against anti-union global corporations, organising community rallies to protest against anti-union legislation or against the neoliberal policies of the World Trade Organisation, or to urge members to support community campaigns for justice in developing countries. It also includes the unions’ central role in campaigns to bring down apartheid in South Africa, end dictatorship in Poland, Brazil, the Philippines, and South Korea, and promote the World Social Forums for diverse networks of protest against neoliberal forms of economic globalisation. Since the end of the Cold War and the rise of the internet and globalised communication, social movement unionism has become an increasingly transnational strategy adopted by unions on both the right and the left.