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The Politics of Social Inclusion and Labor RepresentationImmigrants and Trade Unions in the European Context$
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Heather Connolly, Miguel Martínez Lucio, and Stefania Marino

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781501736575

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501736575.001.0001

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Understanding and Framing the Questions of Trade Union Responses to Immigration and Social Inclusion

Understanding and Framing the Questions of Trade Union Responses to Immigration and Social Inclusion

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Understanding and Framing the Questions of Trade Union Responses to Immigration and Social Inclusion
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The Politics of Social Inclusion and Labor Representation
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Heather Connolly

Stefania Marino

Miguel Martínez Lucio

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501736575.003.0001

This chapter provides an overview of the challenges of studying and trying to understand the impact of new forms of immigration on labour and employment relations, considering questions of context and the diverse meanings and strategies of solidarity and inclusion. Having outlined the debates, we then turn our attention to the specific challenges that emerge when we begin to compare the way trade union-immigrant relations have evolved in different national contexts. We argue that this comparative dimension allows us to explain the way different sets of relationships and strategic links between the actors involved may emerge. We put forward an analytical framework for mapping the current and evolving responses of trade unions to immigrant workers, which identifies three trade union logics of action: class, race/ethnicity, and social rights.

Keywords:   Trade Unions, Immigration, Labour Relations, Comparative Industrial Relations, Social Inclusion, European Union, Racism, Trade Union Renewal

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