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dc.contributor.authorDundon, Tonyen
dc.contributor.authorGonzalez-Perez, Mariaen
dc.contributor.authorMcDonough, Terrenceen
dc.identifier.citationT. Dundon, M. Gonzalez-Perez and T. Mc Donough, 2007, Bitten by the celtic tiger: immigrant workers and industrial relations in the new Glocalised Ireland, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 28(4): 501-522en
dc.description.abstractThe growth of global economic activity has resulted in a worldwide increase in migration. Despite the growing interest in migratory labour flows, there remains little detailed empirical research about the labour relations practices experienced by immigrant workers. In this article, three general areas are examined from data collected in the Republic of Ireland: (1) what are the experiences of non-Irish national workers employed in different sectors of the economy; (2) do trade unions facilitate the integration of migrant workers in the Irish labour market; and (3) what are the strategies undertaken by trade unions in response to the challenges of immigration? Ethnographic and qualitative research methods were employed to address these broad research objectives. The evidence shows that many immigrant workers have experienced a system of near-serfdom that perpetuates social, economic and cultural exclusion on a large scale. The conclusion argues that an emerging 'glocalization' of the world economy creates a labour market dynamic underpinned by neoliberal policies of the nation-state. The evidence suggests that traditional views of migration and industrial relations theory are found wanting when seeking to explain the concerns of migrant workers. A number of implications arising from this are then discussed.en
dc.formatdoi: 10.1177/0143831X07082122en
dc.publisherEconomic and Industrial Democracyen
dc.subjectImmigrant workers,en
dc.subjectMigrant labouren
dc.subjectIndustrial relationsen
dc.subjectTrade unionsen
dc.subjectRepublic of Irelanden
dc.titleBitten by the Celtic Tiger: Immigrant Workers and Industrial Relations in the New 'Glocalized' Irelanden

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