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The making and breaking of solidarity between unwaged and waged workers in the UK

The making and breaking of solidarity between unwaged and waged workers in the UK

Weghmann, Vera (2019) The making and breaking of solidarity between unwaged and waged workers in the UK. Globalizations, 16 (4). pp. 441-456. ISSN 1474-7731 (Print), 1474-774X (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2018.1558819)

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Abstract

This article explores in what way solidarity relationships are made and unmade between waged and un-waged workers in the UK. It thereby feeds into the broader discussion on the decline and future of trade unionism and new ways of organizing struggle. In particular, it engages with the literature on community unionism. Methodologically it draws on Participatory Action Research undertaken between 2013 and 2017 with 12 unwaged workers’ groups organizing outside of established trade unions. Conceptually the article challenges understandings of solidarity based on self-interest by emphasising its relational complexity. It argues for a concept of workers’ solidarity that is based on a broadened understanding of work but which at the same time goes beyond a common identity by paying attention to power-discrepancies and current inequalities. Through such a lens, solidarity is created through affective bonds and is based on a shared anger about injustice and a common desire for transformation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: community unionism, solidarity, unemployed workers, United Kingdom, workfare, welfare conditionality
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 12:03
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24875

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