Trade unions and migrant workers in Western Europe

Anastasia Gorodzeisky, Andrew Richards*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article examines the gap between the unionization rate of local and migrant workers in 14 Western European countries. The analysis reveals that the lower unionization rate of migrant workers can be attributed only in part to the impact of labour market segregation. Moreover, the gap between the unionization rate of local and migrant workers varies substantially across countries. We find that this gap is larger in those countries in which unions enjoy organizational security either in the form of state financing or a single dominant confederation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-254
Number of pages16
JournalEuropean Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume19
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2013
Externally publishedYes

Funding

FundersFunder number
Seventh Framework ProgrammePCIG11-GA-2012-321730
Seventh Framework Programme

    Keywords

    • Europe
    • migrant workers
    • organizational security
    • trade unions
    • unionization

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