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Brazil's Steel CityDevelopmentalism, Strategic Power, and Industrial Relations in Volta Redonda, 1941-1964$
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Oliver Dinius

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804771689

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804771689.001.0001

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Power over Production

Power over Production

The Technical Division of Labor and Workers' Strategic Positions in Steel

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Brazil's Steel City
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This chapter examines the latent strategic power of steelworkers employed by the National Steel Company (Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional; CSN) in Brazil, focusing on the production process and the division of labor at the integrated steel mill in Volta Redonda. It looks at potential bottlenecks in the production process that led entire departments and individual workers to disrupt production by means of their strategic power. The ability of labor union leaders to think strategically, combined with the workers' strategic power, allowed them to improve their bargaining power, leading to higher salaries and more benefits throughout the 1950s.

Keywords:   Brazil, National Steel Company, strategic power, steelworkers, salaries, benefits, division of labor, steel mill, Volta Redonda

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