How does informalisation encourage or inhibit collective action by migrant workers? A comparative analysis of logistics warehouses in Italy and hand car washes in Britain

Cioce, G., Clark, I. ORCID: 0000-0001-7698-2715 and Hunter, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-5501-6718, 2022. How does informalisation encourage or inhibit collective action by migrant workers? A comparative analysis of logistics warehouses in Italy and hand car washes in Britain. Industrial Relations Journal. ISSN 0019-8692

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Abstract

Cross-national research is key to understanding the global presence of informal and non-compliant work-places. This article comparatively examines how informalisation encourages or inhibits collective action led by migrant workers employed in Italian logistics warehouses (LWs) and the British hand car washes(HCWs). The term collective action derives from mobilisation theory and refers to joint resistance initiatives developed by workers and labour organisations to improve work conditions. The article argues that migrant labour does not necessarily lead to informal practices and claims that labour market regulatory agencies and trade unions play an important but dialectical role in responding to labour market non-compliance and informality. Finally, it notes that sector-based specificities contribute to and potentially inhibit the emergence of collective dynamics in such workplaces.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Industrial Relations Journal
Creators: Cioce, G., Clark, I. and Hunter, J.
Publisher: Wiley
Date: 3 March 2022
ISSN: 0019-8692
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10.1111/irj.12359DOI
1523261Other
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. Industrial Relations Journal published by Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 04 Mar 2022 16:57
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2022 16:57
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/45794

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