Trade Unions and Migrant Workers
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Trade Unions and Migrant Workers

New Contexts and Challenges in Europe

Edited by Stefania Marino, Judith Roosblad and Rinus Penninx

This timely book analyses the relationship between trade unions, immigration and migrant workers across eleven European countries in the period between the 1990s and 2015. It constitutes an extensive update of a previous comparative analysis – published by Rinus Penninx and Judith Roosblad in 2000 – that has become an important reference in the field. The book offers an overview of how trade unions manage issues of inclusion and solidarity in the current economic and political context, characterized by increasing challenges for labour organizations and rising hostility towards migrants.
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Chapter 8: Trade unions and migrant workers in Germany: Unions between national and transnational labour market segmentation

Ines Wagner

Abstract

Today, the German economy and the German trade union landscape are different to what they were a few decades ago. Trade union efforts to integrate and represent migrant workers are now embedded in industries that have experienced radical growth in precarious employment, the rapid weakening of unions, and widespread workforce segmentation of indigenous as well as migrant workers. In this sense, this chapter, as well as highlighting general developments at national level, also explores and examines the marked differences across sectors and unions. It aims to provide an account that explores the dynamics and complex interplay between national employment regimes, the structural characteristics of different sectors and the agency of individual unions.

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