An alternative trade union organizing approach to migrant workers in Northern Ireland in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement

Paul Stewart, Brian Garvey, Tommy McKearney

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Abstract

The paper deals with an organised labour response to recent migration to Northern Ireland from the New Member States (NMS) following EU enlargement in 2004. A trade union's approach to the problems confronting migrant workers is analyzed in the context of neo-liberal reforms of the labour market and shrinking of the welfare state. These changes have taken place in the context of from the 1960s until 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Furthermore, an innovative a specific region still struggling to overcome the legacy of a long-lasting conflict approach to migrant workers organising combining elements of solidarity and membership mobilisation and aiming at promoting a political and class solidaristic cross-sectarian agenda developed by the The Independent Workers' Union (IWU) is examined. The results are based on a research programme undertaken by the IWU to uncover the nature of the relationship between migrants, labour market changes and the trajectory of sectarianism in the north.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOrganizing Trade Unions in Europe
Subtitle of host publicationResearch and Practice
EditorsJan Czarzasty, Adam Mrozowicki
Place of PublicationWarsaw
Pages41-57
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • trade unionism
  • organising
  • migrant workers

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    Stewart, P., Garvey, B., & McKearney, T. (2014). An alternative trade union organizing approach to migrant workers in Northern Ireland in the wake of the Good Friday Agreement. In J. Czarzasty, & A. Mrozowicki (Eds.), Organizing Trade Unions in Europe: Research and Practice (pp. 41-57).