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Union availability, union membership and immigrant workers: An empirical investigation of the Irish case

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posted on 2012-10-01, 14:34 authored by Thomas Turner, Daryl D'Art, MICHELLE O'SULLIVANMICHELLE O'SULLIVAN
Purpose – The paper’s purpose is to examine the propensity of recent immigrants to join Irish trade unions compared to Irish workers. Design/methodology/approach – The analysis is based on the 2005 Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS), a quarterly survey carried out by the Central Statistics Office. Findings – Results show that immigrant workers are less likely to join Irish trade unions than comparable native workers. Length of residency is an important factor in the likelihood of immigrants being unionised but employment in the public or private sector assumes even greater importance than nationality in determining union membership. Research limitations/implications – While the QNHS is generally a robust representative sample survey of the population, errors may occur in the proportion of non-Irish nationals surveyed due to difficulties of ensuring their inclusion in the sample population. Language may also be an obstacle, particularly for recently arrived immigrants. Practical implications – From a trade union perspective the results highlight the need for trade unions to regularly conduct organising campaigns targeted at immigrants. Government policy aimed at integrating immigrants into the Irish labour force and ensuring adequate labour standards would be well served by ensuring greater union availability to immigrant workers. Originality/value – The paper provides a profile and analysis of the extent to which immigrants are joining trade unions compared to Irish workers.

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Employee Relations;30(5), pp. 479-493

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Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.,

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peer-reviewed

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English

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