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Trade unions and precariat in Europe: Representative claims

Meardi, Guglielmo, Simms, Melanie and ADAM, Duncan (2019) Trade unions and precariat in Europe: Representative claims. European Journal of Industrial Relations. 095968011986358. ISSN 0959-6801

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Trade unions have been charged with neglecting labour market ‘outsiders’, while alternative actors have emerged to represent these. In response, unions have stepped up their claim to be representative of all workers, without distinction. We review the theoretical and policy debates on this issue, and argue that representation as such has been under-theorized. We draw on Saward’s concept of ‘representative claims’ to analyse the different grounds for competing assertions of representativeness. We identify four main forms of claims, and illustrate these with empirical examples. We conclude that these different claims are mutually reinforcing in stimulating attention to the outsiders, and in their interaction with institutional settings, they have a performative effect in defining new social actors.

Item Type: Article
Faculty: School of Business, Leadership and Economics > Business, Management and Marketing
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2020 13:09
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2023 13:59
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