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Does union membership benefit immigrant workers in 'hard times'?

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Show simple item record Turner, Thomas Cross, Christine O'Sullivan, Michelle 2020-01-09T15:44:30Z 2020-01-09T15:44:30Z 2014
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Immigrants experience many obstacles in obtaining jobs with comparable pay and conditions to native workers. Arguably, unionisation could offer migrant workers the mechanism to obtain better pay and conditions. This paper examines whether migrant workers have benefited from unionisation in terms of pay, pensions and health insurance in Ireland. Based on a large-scale national survey, we find that union membership delivers a modest wage premium of a relatively similar magnitude to both nationals and immigrant workers. Unionised immigrants are twice as likely as non-unionised immigrants to earn above the median hourly earnings and have greater pension coverage. In particular, immigrants from the new accession states in the European Union, with the lowest mean hourly earnings of any immigrant group, gain the most from union membership. Nonetheless, Irish nationals enjoy greater benefits from membership than immigrant workers. Addressing this discrepancy will require a greater focus by unions on organising immigrant workers. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Industrial Relations;56 (5)
dc.subject benefits en_US
dc.subject immigrants en_US
dc.subject Ireland en_US
dc.subject low pay en_US
dc.subject migrant workers en_US
dc.title Does union membership benefit immigrant workers in 'hard times'? en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US 2014-10-16T08:53:02Z
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0022185613515462
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1558638

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