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The European Migrant Workers Union and the barriers to transnational industrial citizenship

The European Migrant Workers Union and the barriers to transnational industrial citizenship

Greer, Ian, Ciupijus, Zinovijus and Lillie, Nathan (2013) The European Migrant Workers Union and the barriers to transnational industrial citizenship. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 19 (1). pp. 5-20. ISSN 0959-6801 (Print), 1461-7129 (Online) (doi:10.1177/0959680112474748)

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Abstract

Despite the rapid increase in cross-national labour migration since EU enlargement in 2004, there has been little research on transnational union efforts to organize migrant workers. This article examines the European Migrant Workers Union, created by the German union IG BAU in a shift away from national protectionism towards transnational organizing. The initiative largely failed, primarily because of decisions by other unions to reject the transnational approach and instead to defend existing institutional arrangements. We argue that this inaction constitutes a setback for union reassertion of control over markets and for bringing industrial citizenship to Europe’s hyper-mobile workers.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published OnlineFirst: 7 February 2013. [2] Final version of record - Mar 6, 2013 [3] Published in print: March 2013. [4] Published as: European Journal of Industrial Relations, (2013), Vol. 19, (1), pp. 5-20.
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-national labour migration, European Migrant Workers Union, transnational organizing
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Work & Employment Research Unit
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/8067

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