Transnational Organising: A case study of contract workers in the Colombian mining industries

Elizabeth Cotton, Tony Royle

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This article examines recent organising successes in the Carbones del Cerrejón coal mine, reversing the organisational crisis of the Colombian mining union, Sintracarbon. Using Wever’s concept of ‘field-enlarging strategies’ we argue that these events were facilitated by the dissemination of organising experiences between affiliates of a Global Union Federation, ICEM, which recently merged to form IndustriALL. Additionally, we argue that this articulation between international and national unions, based on the principle of subsidiarity, was facilitated through sustained ICEM educational project activity, providing multiple entry points for Sintracarbon to operationalize its strategy and re-establish bargaining with multinational employers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)705-724
JournalBritish Journal of Industrial Relations
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jan 2014
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014


  • Organising
  • Colombia
  • International Solidarity
  • Global Union Federations
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Anglo American Plc


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