Meanings and dilemmas in community unionism: trade union community initiatives and black and minority ethnic groups in the UK
KeywordREF 2014; Black and minority ethnic workers; Coalitions; Community unionism; Networks; The state; Trade unions; Union renewal
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AbstractThe article shows that community initiatives take different forms and are the outcome of a broader interplay of factors between workers’ interests, representation, and the strategies of unions and broader coalitions that are mobilized in specific communities. Drawing from three case studies on black and minority ethnic (BME) workers and trade unions in the UK the article looks at how the rhetoric of community unionism has been adopted in an uneven manner by trade unions: the article suggests that: (a) community initiatives are variable, (b) they lack a structure and clear vision, (c) the question of BME engagement is rarely central in many projects, and (d) the ambivalent role of the state is a significant factor in many of these initiatives. This state role is downplayed in much of the literature, thus raising dilemmas in terms of community initiatives.
CitationLucio, M. M., Perrett, R.A. (2009b) Meanings and dilemmas in community unionism: trade union community initiatives and black and minority ethnic groups in the UK. Work, Employment and Society, 23(4), 693-710.
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