“This timemely book offers not only richly textured studies of European trade union responses to the influx of immigrant workers across the continent, but also an insightful comparative analysis. Building on an earlier volume the editors published at the turn of the 21st century, this one focuses on the new challenges posed by growing economic globalization, trade union decline, and the surge of xenophobia among European workers. It deserves a prominent spot on the bookshelf of anyone interested in labor movements and migration, not only in Europe but worldwide.” —Ruth Milkman, City University of New York Graduate Center, USA

“This work provides a relevant comparative and detailed description of how the early slogan 'Proletarians of all countries, unite!' (Karl Marx, 1848) has been put into practice in Europe in the 21st century. This presented a huge challenge for the (re)construction of worker solidarity and the organized defence of social rights. This book sheds important light on how further European social construction could progress.” —Albert Martens, Professor Emeritus, KU Leuven, Belgium

Trade unions and migrant workers: New contexts and challenges in Europe

Edited by Stefania Marino, Judith Roosblad and Rinus Penninx,
Print: 9789221304333[ISBN]
Web PDF: 9789221304067[ISBN]

Prices for printed copies: CHF 40; USD 40; GBP 32; EUR 35

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This timely book analyses the relationship between trade unions, immigration and migrant workers across eleven European countries in the period between 1990 and 2015. It constitutes an extensive update of a previous comparative analysis – published by Rinus Penninx and Judith Roosblad in 2000 – which has become an important reference in the field. The book offers an overview of how trade unions manage issues of inclusion and solidarity in the current economic and political context, characterized by increasing challenges for labour organizations and rising hostility towards migrants.

The qualitative analysis of trade union strategies towards immigration and migrant workers is based on a common analytical framework centred on the idea of “dilemmas” that trade unions have to face when dealing with immigration and migrant workers. This approach facilitates comparative analysis and distinguishes patterns of union policies and actions across three groups of countries, identifying some explanations for observed similarities and differences. In addition, the book also includes theoretical chapters by expert scholars from a range of disciplinary fields including industrial relations, migration studies and political economy.

This comprehensive comparative analysis is an essential resource for academics across a range of disciplines aswell as policy-makers, practitioners and organizations involved in trade unions and migrant inclusion and integration.

About the Authors:

Stefania Marino is in the Work and Ecqualities Institute at the University of Manchester, UK, Judith Roosblad is at the Inspectorate of Social Affairs and Employment, the Netherlands, and Rinus Pennix is in the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.