Transnational Competence: A transformative tool? A comparison of German and Irish political trade union education programs

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Title: Transnational Competence: A transformative tool? A comparison of German and Irish political trade union education programs
Authors: Föhrer, BiancaErne, RolandFinlay, Graham
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Date: 30-Dec-2019
Online since: 2020-02-07T11:43:05Z
Abstract: In the literature on cross-border labor action, labor education is seen as an important factor to improving it. This article therefore first reconstructs an innovative pedagogic concept, transformative Transnational Competence, to advance transnational labor education and action. Although initially developed for multinational firms and international organizations, this pedagogical concept is promising for labor, as it also focuses on emotional issues that are central to collective action. Subsequently, we use our reconstructed concept as a yardstick to assess labor education programs of public and private sector unions in Ireland and Germany. Our study shows that all unions face similar difficulties leading to rather little attention to transnational labor education, regardless of the very different labor relations landscapes in which they are operating. Hence, unions’ difficulties in relation to transnational labor education and action cannot be due to distinct national or sectorial factors, such as labor relations systems and different amounts of resources allocated to labor education. Instead, transnational labor education is facing challenges that are common in all cases, notably the tension between utilitarian and emancipatory orientations of union leaders, educators, and members involved in labor education programs.
Funding Details: European Commission Horizon 2020
European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Irish Research Council
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: EC - Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
Irish Research Council (IRC)
Jean Monnet Chair
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: SAGE
Journal: Labor Studies Journal
Keywords: Labor educationTrade unionsUnion revitalizationTransnational competenceTransnational solidarityCollective action
DOI: 10.1177/0160449X19894388
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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