LABOR UNION MEMBERSHIP OF SPAIN


General Characteristics of Agriculture, Industrial, and Information Age Labor Union Membership

No labor unions: labor not yet urbanized or organized: peasant uprising in rural areas are largely spontaneous

  • Industrial Age:
  • Rise of labor unions in Western capitalist countries, not socialist countries (where dictatorship of the proletariat or state was supposed to represent workers). Adversarial relations between worker and owner or managers in industrial Western countries.

  • Information Age:
  • Decline in labor union membership in capitalist countries, with decreasing blue collar jobs. Also movement towards worker ownership of stock in companies they work in, making them both workers and owners, thus eliminating this traditional adversarial relationship. Recent rise of mass protests by workers in communist countries, demanding better conditions, led to end of communism in some countries

    Information/Data on Labor Union Membership in Spain

    Free labor unions (authorized in April 1977) include the Communist-dominated Workers Commissions (CCOO); the Socialist General Union of Workers (UGT), and the smaller independent Workers Syndical Union (USO)

    Conclusions

    Spain's labor union membership was authorized in 1977 and has had an impact on the country. Spain would be considered to be in the industrial age in respect to labor unions.
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