Books/Working Papers

McGuire, Donna (2013), Reframing Trade: Union mobilisation against the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), Labour and Globalization Vol. 1, Christoph Scherrer (ed), München/Mering: Rainer Hampp Verlag. (Available at )

Review (in German)

Developing a Labour Voice in Trade Policy at the National Level, GLU Working Paper No. 8, with Christoph Scherrer et al. (2010) (

FIFA World Cup 2006 Germany: An opportunity for union revitalisation?, GLU Working Paper No. 5, with Wilfried Schwetz (2008) (


McGuire, Donna and Scherrer Christoph (2015) ‘Providing Labor with a Voice in International Trade Negotiations’, Philippine Journal of Labor and Industrial Relations (PJLIR) Vol. 33. p. 1-23

Abstract:  Free trade agreements among countries are currently proliferating. These trade initiatives are less about trade than about increasing the power of corporations. In this article, we not only point out some of the likely negative consequences for workers and organized labor but also draw lessons from previous campaigns against trade liberalization. For an analysis of these campaigns, we utilize the concepts of the political opportunity structure, resource mobilization, and framing capacity. To be able to inluence trade negotiations, unions must prioritize trade as an issue, build up suficient trade policy expertise and dedicate suficient resources for mobilization.

Keywords: free trade agreement, trade unions, free trade and investment agreements, labor organizations, trade policy, trade negotiations, union protest and mobilization, movement organizations, social movement theory

McGuire, Donna (2014), Analysing Union Power, Opportunity and Strategic Capability: Global and Local Union Struggles Against the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), Global Labour Journal: Vol. 5: Iss. 1, p. 45-67. (Available at:

‘Das transatlantic Freihanelsabkommen zwischen der EU und den USA’ with Prof. Dr. Christoph Scherrer and Stefan Beck (Available at:

‘Warum sich Gewerkschaften um Mega-Sportevents kümmern sollten. Gewerkschaftliche Organisierung im Umfeld der Fußballweltmeisterschaften 2006 in Deutschland und 2010 in Südafrika’  PERIPHERIE 117, pp 45-68, with Wilfried Schwetz and Crispen Chinguno (2010).

Workshops/Conference Papers

(2015) ‘Challenging the power of corporations. Lessons to be learned from union mobilization against the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS).’ Paper submitted to 10th Annual Global Labour University (GLU) ‘Conference Sharing the Gains – Containing Corporate Power’, Hosted by Penn State University and the AFL‐CIO Washington, D.C., 30 Sept.-2 Oct. 2015. (Avaliable at:

(2014) Paper presentation with Wilfried Schwetz, ‘Opportunity, capacity and power: drawing on social movement theory to improve international union campaigns and build union power’, Graduate Conference 2014: International Solidarity Reloaded Trade unions and other social movements: between the challenges and opportunities of globalisation, 2nd – 4th April 2014, Göttingen

(2011) Paper presentation, ‘Utilising new (alternative?) forms of power and leverage to influence international trade policy’, VII Global Labour University Conference, South Africa, The Politics of Labour and Development, September 28 to 30, 2011 Johannesburg, South Africa

(2009) Workshop design and presentation, ‘Opportunity and capacity for unions to influence national and global policy’, as part of the ENGAGE program at the International Center for Decent Work and  Development (ICDD), University of Kassel

(2009) Seminar presentation, ‘Advocacy strategies used by unions to influence international trade policy’, for Master’s students in the Law Faculty, University of Chemnitz, Germany.

(2008) Paper presentation, ‘World sports events as an opportunity for union revitalisation: FIFA World Cup and union activities in Germany’, with Wilfried Schwetz, GLU Conference, Campinas, Brazil

(2006) Paper presentation, ‘Keeping Education out of GATS. Global labour’s mobilisation against the liberalising of education services’, I. GLU Conference, Kassel, Germany

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