Organizing migrant care workers in Israel: Industrial citizenship and the trade union option

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Abstract

The authors examine the feasibility of trade unionism for migrant care workers, based on a recent organizing drive in Israel. Distinguishing between trade unions and other civil society organizations, they re-examine the concept of workers' collective action, looking at what constitutes a trade union and to what extent unions can address the specific concerns of migrant care workers. They conclude that, despite the numerous problems involved in organizing migrant care workers, and the vulnerabilities intrinsic to migration processes, gendered work and the occupation of care, trade unions play an important role in establishing industrial citizenship and forming political agency.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-116
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Labour Review
Volume153
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2014

Keywords

  • Care worker
  • Israel
  • Labour relations
  • Migrant worker
  • Trade union role
  • Workers rights
  • Working conditions

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