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Palgrave Macmillan

Sex Worker Unionization

Global Developments, Challenges and Possibilities

ISBN 9781137320131
Publication Date March 2016
Formats No other formats available
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Sex Worker Unionisation examines the challenges and opportunities offered by unionisation for Sex Workers. Exploring unionisation projects undertaken by Sex Workers in most major economies, this ground-breaking study shows how sex-workers have collectively sought to control and organise their work and working lives by co-determining the wage-effort with their de facto employers. It highlights the range of significant obstacles that have impeded their progress, including owner hostility, state regulation and the sway of radical feminism that is present in many unions. Outlining a more efficacious model for sex worker unionisation based upon combining occupation unionism and social movement unionism, this pioneering and controversial new book offers an important study of business organization in a unique industry.

Gregor Gall is Professor of Industrial Relations at University of Bradford School of Management, UK. He has authored and edited more than fifteen books on union and industrial relations including Sex Worker Union Organizing: An International Study (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

1 Introduction
2 Sex workers before sex work
3 Sex worker union organising in North America
4 Australia and New Zealand
5 Germany and the Netherlands
6 Britain and continental Europe
7 Asia, Africa and Latin America
8 Influences on unionisation
9 Conclusion
Appendix: interviewees and informants


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