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The Emergence of a European Labour Protest Movement?

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Gajewska, Katarzyna

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Abstract This article considers what a transnational, and specifically European labour movement, would mean in the context of European integration, and whether there are prospects for its development. There are certainly structures and sporadic actions, so the question is whether they can develop further into a movement. I will summarize the literature on the integration of labour in the EU, which commonly argues that it is divided and incapable of action. These obstacles can be considered in a different light when the strand of social movement approaches is applied. Then I will present two cases of transnational European collective action with a focus on the managing of difference and on developing into a social movement. To summarize I will assess the future of labour mobilization in transnational context and conclude with a tentative explanation.
Keywords protest
Free Keywords EU level; European trade unions; social movement; transnationalism;
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 104-121
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations, 14 (2008) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)