An American Solution to an Irish Problem: A Consideration of the Material Conditions that Shape the Architecture of Union Organizing
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|Title:||An American Solution to an Irish Problem: A Consideration of the Material Conditions that Shape the Architecture of Union Organizing||Authors:||Geary, John
|Permanent link:||http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9666||Date:||1-Apr-2019||Online since:||2019-03-25T11:45:33Z||Abstract:||New models of union organizing have become an important instrument of union growth and renewal. We examine the transfer of US-developed organizing practices to Ireland. We enquire whether the practical experiences of SIPTU can be considered successful. In particular, we focus on the question: in what way is the architecture of union organizing shaped by the material conditions that affect workers' power? We look at three campaigns across three low-wage sectors (hotels, red meat processing and contract cleaning). The campaigns share a number of common properties, but differ in respect of the power resources available to employees and the shape of their outcomes. Using a most similar systems comparative research design, we identify a variety of causes which help explain the success and shape of the different organizing campaigns. Finally, we make a number of arguments in respect of how our findings link to debates about the future of trade unionism.||Type of material:||Journal Article||Publisher:||Sage||Journal:||Work, Employment and Society||Volume:||33||Issue:||2||Start page:||191||End page:||207||Copyright (published version):||2017 the Authors||Keywords:||Ireland; Low-wage vulnerable workers; Power resources; SIPTU; Union organizing; Union renewal||DOI:||10.1177/0950017016686024||Language:||en||Status of Item:||Peer reviewed|
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