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, JohnGamwell, Sophie
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.
metadata.dc.description.othersponsorship: ICTU Newman Fellowship
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: IrelandLow-wage vulnerable workersPower resourcesSIPTUUnion organizingUnion renewal
DOI: 10.1177/0950017016686024
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Business Research Collection

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