An	Introduction	to	the	Politics	of	the	Indonesian	Union	Movement

An Introduction to the Politics of the Indonesian Union Movement

by Maxwell Lane

“In this most significant contemporary study of Indonesian trade unions and the broader working class, Max Lane provides a concise and informed examination of the practical and ideological challenges of incipient labour organizations engaged in political and popular struggles in an underdeveloped nation. This detailed and highly informative book evokes similar historical and comparative struggles of exploited workers worldwide and is indispensable for students of labour movements in the Global South.” 
—Immanuel Ness, Professor of Political Science, City University of New York, author of Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class

“Given the potential importance of Indonesian trade unions and labour politics, and the shortage of general analyses of the complicated issues and conflicts, as well as the myriad of groups, this historical overview of the radical efforts in particular is most welcome and useful. Unavoidably, there is a focus on certain issues and explanatory factors. But one does not have to agree on all of them to benefit from Lane’s insightful accounts and analyses.”
—Olle Törnquist, Professor of Political Science
and Development Research, University of Oslo

“It is impossible to understand the dynamics of trade union politics in Indonesia without an appreciation of the historical legacies of the New Order and its authoritarian controls over labour as well as the labour radicalism that emerged as a reaction to it. In this important study, Max Lane provides a sharp and detailed analysis of the impact of both legacies upon contemporary trade unions, the ongoing tensions between them, and possible future trajectories.”
—Ian Wilson, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University

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Preliminary pages
1. The Legacy of State Authoritarian Unionism
2. Transition Out of State Authoritarian Unionism
3. The Rise and Decline of Union Militancy, 2010–13
4. The Labour Movement and “Go Politics”
5. Conclusions
Appendix 1: The Politics of Wages and Indonesia’s Trade Unions
Appendix 2: Trade Unions’ Initiative to Create Alternative Political Force in Indonesia
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  • Number of Pages : 160
  • Publisher : ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute
  • Weight : 198g
  • Product Code : 9789814843300
  • Dimension : 148 x 210 mm

About Author

Maxwell Lane

Max Lane is Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore.