The role of UK unions in the civic integration of immigrant workers

Poster: Manifestation Pour L'Egalité
February 02, 2015
Jane Holgate

Professor of Work and Employment Relations
Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation and Change, University of Leeds Business School, University of Leeds, LS2 9HT

Written in February 2009 as a research contribution for the book Mobilizing against Inequality: Unions, Immigrant Workers, and the Crisis of Capitalism, Lee Adler, Maite Tapia and Lowell Turner (eds.), Ithaca: ILR Press, 2014.

The aim of this literature review is to examine what has been published on UK unions and their role in integrating migrant workers both into unions and in wider society. The paper will begin by contextualising the UK trade union movement’s response to migrant workers and will move on review recent research that has been carried out in this area.