Trade unions without associates? Ideologies of trade union representativeness in Chile

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Trade unions without associates? Ideologies of trade union representativeness in Chile

POLIS – Revista Latinoamericana

2016.

Francisca Gutiérrez Crocco

Abstract:

Since the 1970s, union density has declined in various occidental societies, including Chile. The aim of this paper is twofold: first, to show the weak reaction of authorities, trade unions, and scholarship to this tendency in Chile. Second, to identify what I refer to as the “ideologies of representativeness” that explain the indifference of Chilean trade unions to the decline on their density. Based on in-depth interviews conducted with union leaders, I distinguish between three ideologies: “neo- revolutionary”, “political- pragmatic” and “neoliberal”. I argue that given that the first one dominates in the main national trade union confederation, the question about how to reinforce unionization has been marginal in the country’s public debate.

Keywords:

trade unions, trade unions representativeness, Chile, union density

How to cite this publication:

Electronical Reference:
Francisca Gutiérrez Crocco, « ¿Sindicatos sin socios, pero representativos? Ideologías de la representatividad sindical en Chile », Polis [En línea], 43 | 2016, Publicado el 09 junio 2016, consultado el 12 septiembre 2016. URL : http://polis.revues.org/11749