Organising migrant workers: the living wage campaign at the University of East London

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Lopes, Ana and Hall, T. 2015. Organising migrant workers: the living wage campaign at the University of East London. Industrial Relations Journal. 46 (3), pp. 208-221.
AuthorsLopes, Ana and Hall, T.
Abstract

This critical case study looks at the campaign led by Citizens UK and Unison to get the University of East London (UEL) to sign up to the London Living wage (LLW). UEL agreed to pay the LLW after a brief campaign in November 2010 and it was subsequently implemented in August 2011. The study charts the course of the campaign and draws on mobilisation theory and new primary research to account for its success. What our findings suggest is that community organisers and union activists were able to organise and mobilise a largely apolitical group of migrant workers. This, we suggest, can be explained by the successful mobilisation of the community and augurs well for future broad-based campaigns.

JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Journal citation46 (3), pp. 208-221
ISSN0019-8692
1468-2338
Year2015
PublisherWiley
Accepted author manuscript
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/irj.12099
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12099
Publication dates
Print06 May 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited14 Nov 2016
Accepted06 May 2015
FunderUniversity of East London
Copyright information© 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Ana Lopes, Timothy Hall, Organising migrant workers: the living wage campaign at the University of East London (May 2015), Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 46, No.3, p. 208 to 221, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/irj.12099. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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