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Type: Journal article
Title: Trade union learning strategies and migrant workers: policies and practice in a new-liberal environment
Author: Perrett, R.
Lucio, M.
McBride, J.
Craig, S.
Citation: Urban Studies, 2012; 49(3):649-667
Publisher: Carfax Publishing
Issue Date: 2012
ISSN: 0042-0980
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Robert Perrett, Miguel Martínez Lucio, Jo McBride, Steve Craig
Abstract: This paper examines trade union networking and community-oriented activity through the recent development of learning strategies in relation to migrant workers. The paper locates the discussion on learning in relation to union attempts to develop a broader urban and community-based view of the union as an organisation. It assesses the innovative ways trade unions deploy their learning strategies given the challenges associated with a liberal market economy, in particular, in relation to poor levels of co-ordination amongst key social organisations and low levels of state commitment to the area of training. The paper draws on five empirical case studies of such innovative union approaches and concludes that many of these learning initiatives represent a significant intervention by unions in local urban and community-based contexts. However, it also notes that these appear to be disconnected from stable and consistent forms of local community-based organisation and, in part, remain enveloped in a marketised project-based approach which is piecemeal and in many aspects financially dependent on the state.
Rights: © 2012 Urban Studies Journal Limited
RMID: 0020133315
DOI: 10.1177/0042098011431618
Appears in Collections:Australian Institute for Social Research publications

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