‘Thinking Outside the Box’? Trade Union Organizing Strategies and Polish Migrant Workers in the United Kingdom

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Ian Fitzgerald

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Jane Hardy

University of Hertfordshire - Business School

Abstract

This article focuses on the responses of British trade unions to the arrival of Polish workers since the 2004 enlargement of the European Union. It is argued that existing definitions and explanations of UK trade union engagement with migrant workers do not capture the strategies that have been used to engage with these migrant workers. We suggest that there have been two sets of responses. First, recruitment and organization activity has centred on inclusion and has been undertaken on new terrains using innovative strategies. Second, we point to the importance of new linkages locally, regionally, nationally and internationally in organizing these new labour market entrants.

Suggested Citation

Fitzgerald, Ian and Hardy, Jane, ‘Thinking Outside the Box’? Trade Union Organizing Strategies and Polish Migrant Workers in the United Kingdom. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 48, Issue 1, pp. 131-150, March 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1552197 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00761.x

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