Wednesday, April 30, 2008

History of the UIMM


La Vie des idées has a long but very interesting history of the UIMM, the peak association of metals industry manufacturers, which has been racked by scandal this year. Of particular interest in Danièle Friboulet's account is the discussion of the UIMM's historical role in stiffening the backbone of member firms by providing material support to head off any concessions to striking unions, as well as the history of covert support for unions perceived as more pliable than the intransigent CGT. Since the current scandal involves allegations of continued covert support of selected unions, this history is illuminating.

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