Patterns of labour solidarity towards precarious workers and the unemployed in critical times in Greece, Poland and the UK

Christina Karakioulafi*, Kostas Kanellopoulos, Janina Petelczyc, Tom Montgomery, Simone Baglioni

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to examine whether and by what means traditional unions and other labour-oriented organisations engage in solidarity activities in favour of precarious workers and the unemployed. Our findings derive from qualitative data analysed from 10 in-depth interviews per country conducted as part of a large collaborative project with participants sampled from trade unions and other labour-oriented solidarity organisations based in three European national contexts: Greece, Poland and the UK. Our aim here is to discern common features and differences in the strategies and answers given, within the three national contexts To this end we examine: the actors engaged in labour solidarity; the value frames upon which these actions draw; the beneficiaries of their solidarity actions; the type of activities adopted mainly in favour of precarious workers and the unemployed; and their engagement in transnational labour solidarity activities.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages20
JournalSociological Research Online
Early online date17 Dec 2020
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Dec 2020

Keywords

  • unions
  • labour organisations
  • solidarity
  • precarious workers
  • unemployed

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