Unions, learning, migrant workers and union revitalization in Britain

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This article focuses on strategies adopted by British trade unions to promote education to their members and their impact on attempts to organize among migrant workers. The relationship between this activity and broader debates around union revitalization is analysed, particularly in terms of how union involvement in learning intersects with broader organizing and community focused union activity. A diverse range of approaches to education provision for migrant workers can be identified from this research. The influence of internal union politics on attempts to organize migrant workers, work in conjunction with state policy and improve access to education among their members is also analysed. The study highlights a diverse range of outcomes, raising important issues regarding union organizing strategies and their relationship to union provision of education for their memberships. © The Author(s) 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)951-967
Number of pages16
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


  • community unionism
  • learning
  • migrant workers
  • organizing
  • union revitalization


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