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Type: Journal article
Title: Meanings and dilemmas in community unionism: trade union community initiatives and black and minority ethnic groups in the UK
Author: Lucio, M.
Perrett, R.
Citation: Work, Employment and Society, 2009; 23(4):693-710
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Issue Date: 2009
ISSN: 0950-0170
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Miguel Martínez Lucio, Robert Perrett
Abstract: The 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.
Keywords: black and minority ethnic
community unionism
the state
trade unions
union renewal
Rights: Copyright © The Author(s) 2009
DOI: 10.1177/0950017009344916
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