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Type: Journal article
Title: The diversity and politics of trade unions' responses to minority ethnic and migrant workers: the context of the UK
Author: Lucio, M.
Perrett, R.
Citation: Economic and Industrial Democracy, 2009; 30(3):1-324
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0143-831X
Statement of
Miguel Martínez Lucio, Robert Perrett
Abstract: The article first argues that there is a range of approaches and models developed in relation to the question of representing ethnic minorities and migrants when it comes to trade union strategies. There is no single model. Instead, there is a variety of approaches and politics, just as there are with a `traditionally established workforce'. Second, this study finds that the understanding of ethnic minority needs varies and the politics of this must be central to any discussion, as one cannot read off assumptions about the issue from formal union strategies, traditional practices and established customs in relation to regulation. In effect, there is a politics of trade union responses and there is diversity in the way the `problem' is read and understood. Third, the article argues that the issue of minority ethnic workers raises questions of trade union identity and purpose. This points to much deeper issues related to the role of regulation and strategies of inclusion — and the extent to which they cohere. It also raises the issue of the configuration of strategies of social inclusion and on occasions how strategies ignore the broader issue of participation of those they seek to represent. To this extent the article is not exclusively about inclusion and exclusion — but about the politics and contradictory dynamics of inclusion.
Keywords: diversity; equality; labour relations; social inclusion/exclusion; trade unions
Rights: © 2009 Department of Economic History, Uppsala University, Sweden
RMID: 0020133293
DOI: 10.1177/0143831X09336562
Appears in Collections:Australian Institute for Social Research publications

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