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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 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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Page 12 - I recognise that there is a danger that without supervision and guidance, organisations of labourers without experience of combination for any social or economie purpose may fall under the domination of disaffected persons, by whom their activities may be diverted to improper and mischievious ends
Page 3 - In order to prevent this, it will be necessary to prevent the occupation of any Crown lands by persons not possessing a proprietary title to them ; and to fix such a price upon all Crown lands as may place them out of the reach of persons without capital.
Page 11 - ... because of their own lack of interest, or the obstinacy of the employers, the general rule is that they are never successful unless the union is already sufficiently powerful to be able to threaten the employers with strike action. The employers' principal weapon in fighting the unions is victimisation, and they use it mercilessly. In a small community where everybody knows what everybody else is doing and saying, it is easy for employers to keep each other informed of the names of 'troublesome
Page 6 - ... productive efficiency cannot increase until health improves; health cannot improve until more money is spent on medical services; and money cannot be found for medical services until productive efficiency increases. But there is no vicious circle for men of determination.11 Lewis, writing in 1939, noted.

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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