An indispensable bolt? An analysis of dockworkers' bargaining power

Kristian Bruun Andersen & Frederik Buhl Kristensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper investigates the bargaining power of dockworkers with relation to their key role within global trade. Through an analysis of their structural bargaining power, assessing their importance to global production chains and their scarcity as a trade, the paper concludes that the recent trends of global trade have both posed major threats toward dockworkers that have decreased their bargaining power, and have provided them new advantages that have at the same time increased their bargaining power. The analysis of the dockworkers’ associational bargaining power, assessing their organisation and how this organisation has helped them wielding their advantages, builds on this finding and concludes that the strong organisation of dockworkers has been a pivotal reason to their ability of taking advantage of the recent trends. The paper builds further on these findings by discussing the effects of uneven developments and the possibilities for a global union strategy.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2014
VejledereLone Riisgaard


  • labour, global trade, maritime shipping, bargaining power, GVC, containerisation, trade union, ITF, global value chain, dockworkers