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9 November 2015

New issue of Transfer on key challenges for the trade union movement

The November issue of Transfer, the Research Quarterly of the ETUI’s Research Department, contains four articles that all deal with challenges and dilemmas that are at the core of the academic debate on trade unions as well as at the heart of the debate within the trade union movement.

The first two articles, by Lisa Berntsen and Marcus Kahmann, speak to the debates on the relationships between unions and migrant workers and on mobilization strategies of unions towards these groups and of the migrant workers themselves. They discuss experiences in the Netherlands with the mobilization of Polish migrant workers and in France with collective action by irregular migrants (sans papiers).

The third article, by Paul Marginson and Christian Welz, deals with another core challenge to trade unions (as well as employers in certain cases), posed by the recent marketization of wage setting through profound changes in wage-setting systems in a number of EU countries, including most of all decentralization and reduced coordination. This article is (temporary) available for free download on the website of Sage.

The fourth article, by Lorenzo Frangi and Mauro Barisione, deals with a third key trade union challenge, i.e. trade union membership.

The full table of contents of the November issue of the Transfer Quarterly including abstracts in English, French and German is available via the Sage Journals website. You can find an overview of the recent Transfer issues as well as the past issues and the future themes on the special ETUI webpage.

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