The European Migrant Workers Union: Union Organizing through Labour Transnationalism

European Journal of Industrial Relations, Forthcoming

25 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2012

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Ian Greer

University of Greenwich

Zinovijus Ciupijus

University of Leeds - Work and Employment Relations

Nathan Lillie

University of Helsinki; University of Jyväskylä

Date Written: 2012

Abstract

Despite the presence of hyper-mobile migrant workers in the European Union, there is very little research on transnational union organizing efforts.i This paper examines the European Migrant Workers Union (EMWU), which signalled a shift by the German union Industriegewerkschaft Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt (IG BAU) in its approach to migrant workers away from national protectionism and toward transnational organizing. The EMWU, however, failed to thrive as an organization, primarily because of decisions by other unions to reject the transnational approach and instead to defend existing jurisdictions. 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.

Keywords: Union organizing, labour transnationalism, migrant workers, industrial citizenship, European migration

Suggested Citation

Greer, Ian and Ciupijus, Zinovijus and Lillie, Nathan, The European Migrant Workers Union: Union Organizing through Labour Transnationalism (2012). European Journal of Industrial Relations, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2179064

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Zinovijus Ciupijus

University of Leeds - Work and Employment Relations

Leeds
United Kingdom

Nathan Lillie

University of Helsinki

University of Helsinki
Helsinki, FIN-00014
Finland

University of Jyväskylä ( email )

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Jyväskylä, 40100
Finland

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