A History of Organized Labor in the English-speaking West Indies

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 485 pages
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This volume deals with the history of organized labor in all of the countries of the English-speaking West Indies. It is the fourth in a series of histories of the organized labor movement in Latin America and the Caribbean. Alexander traces the countries' origins, early struggles, experiences with collective bargaining, and the key roles in the politics of their respective countries, particularly their participation in the struggle for self-government and independence. He also examines the international organizations of trade unions in the West Indian area, and their association with the hemisphere and worldwide labor groups.

This work is based on the author's personal contacts with these labor movements and their leaders, as well as on printed material, including collective contracts, histories of some of the labor groups and other similar sources. Scholars and students of labor relations, economic and social development, and those interested in the history of the West Indies and Latin America will enjoy this book.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Organized Labor in Jamaica
23
The Labor Movement in Belize
73
Organized Labor in Bermuda
97
The Labor Movement in the Bahamas
113
The Labor Movement in St KittsNevis
129
Organized Labor in Montserrat
141
Organized Labor and the Bird Dynasty in
147
Organized Labor in St Vincent and the Grenadines
207
Grenadas Experiment with a MarxistLeninist
221
The Barbados Labor Movement
247
Organized Labor in Trinidad and Tobago
285
The Turbulent History of Unionism in GuyanaPart I
327
The Turbulent History of Unionism in GuyanaPart II
365
West Indian Organized Labor and the International
417
Bibliography
447

The Labor Movement in Dominica
179
The Labor Movement in St Lucia
193

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About the author (2004)

ROBERT J. ALEXANDER is Professor Emeritus of Economics and Political Science, Rutgers University. He was a member of John F. Kennedy's Task Force on Latin America where the Alliance for Progress was developed, and he is a former consultant to the American Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO on Latin American and Caribbean organized labor. One of the country's most respected scholars of Latin American politics and economic affairs, Professor Alexander is the author or editor of forty-five earlier books, most of them focusing on Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bolivian National Revolution, the first English-language study of that upheaval, and the history of labor and radical movements.

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