Migrant workers trapped between individualism and collectivism: The formation of union-based workplace collectivism

Bjarke Refslund, Markku Matias Sippola

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Transnational labour migration challenges collectivism as well as migrant workers’ labour market rights, due to employers’ strategies such as segregating workers, and the migrant workers’ individualistic strategies. This article, arguing that there are no intrinsic impediments to creating (instrumental) collectivist solutions encompassing both migrants and host-country workers, develops a dynamic, conceptual framework of four preconditions – workers’ closeness, feeling of unity, shared problem perception and reference groups – which are necessary for migrant workers to develop collective labour market strategies. The article then utilises the framework in three empirical cases to illustrate how the framework, combined with union strategies, helps explain the different degrees of migrant workers’ labour market inclusion and to help understand why gaps between migrant workers and host-country workers may form.
TidskriftEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Status!!E-pub ahead of print - 2020
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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