Migrating industrial relations: migrant workers’ initiative within and outside trade unions

Alberti, Gabriella and Però, Davide (2018) Migrating industrial relations: migrant workers’ initiative within and outside trade unions. British Journal of Industrial Relations . ISSN 0007-1080

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Abstract

This article develops an embedded actor‐centred framework for studying the mobilization and bargaining practices of migrant workers. This framework is applied to examine two instances of labour organizing by low‐paid Latin American workers in London showing how migrant workers can develop innovative collective initiatives located at the junction of class and ethnicity that can be effective and rewarding in material and non‐material terms. In particular, the article shows that while there is a growing interest on the part of established unions to represent migrant workers, their bargaining and mobilization strategies appear inadequate to accommodate the bottom‐up initiatives of such workers who, as a result, have started to articulate them independently. On the basis of the findings obtained, we thus argue in favour of an actor‐centred framework to the study of migration and IR to better identify migrant workers’ interests, identities and practices as shaped by complex regulatory and social context.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Alberti, Gabriella and Però, Davide (2018) Migrating industrial relations: migrant workers’ initiative within and outside trade unions. British Journal of Industrial Relations, doi:10.1111/bjir.12308, which has been published in final form at https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/bjir.12308. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > Nottingham University Business School
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12308
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 02 May 2018 10:44
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2020 04:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/51525

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