Negotiating ‘solidarity’ and internationalism: the response of Polish trade unions to migration

Hardy, Jane and Fitzgerald, Ian (2010) Negotiating ‘solidarity’ and internationalism: the response of Polish trade unions to migration. Industrial Relations Journal, 41 (4). pp. 367-381. ISSN 0019-8692

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In the context of massive outward migration after Poland’s accession to the EU in 2004, this article explores the possibilities for cross-border collaboration by Polish trade unions. The findings are based on interviews with the two main trade union/trade union federations, Solidarity and Ogolnopolskie Porozumnie Zwia˛zków Zawodowych: All-Poland Alliance of Trade Unions, at national, regional and sectoral levels. Examining the issues and challenges faced by Polish trade unions in terms of loss of membership and social capital, the article also evaluates the significance of Poland’s status as a country of some inward migration. It is argued that cross-border trade union collaboration has become an even more urgent project as the economic crisis intensifies competition in the labour market and increases the potential for xenophobia.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L100 Economics
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Helen Pattison
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 11:11
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 09:53

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