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Employment Relations and Migration

In many sectors access to global and European labour markets support strategic organisational objectives. Workers who migrate in response to the perceived benefits these opportunities provide often find themselves in unfamiliar employment relations contexts.

This research area situates the experience of migration in ideological, structural and economic contexts. Whilst some contexts provide social partnership arrangements in which employee voice and productivity is aided by such mechanisms as alternative dispute resolution and works councils others provide examples of unregulated and exploitative relationships.

Our research has included identifying best practice for the European Commission with regard to the Posting of Workers Directive and mobile European workers, investigating the prevalence of European Workers Councils in the regional economy, providing employer advice on alternative dispute resolution and tracking the experience of Polish migrants to the UK.

Recent research projects Include:

Fitzgerald, I., Clarke, L. and Hudson, L., Study on the protection of workers’ rights in subcontracting processes in the European Union: UK National Report, funded by European Commission this project investigated employer and social partner best practice for the Commission with regard to mobile European workers and subcontracting in the UK.

Recent publications:

Fitzgerald, I. and Smoczynski, R. (2015) 'Anti-Polish migrant moral panic in the UK: Rethinking employment insecurities and moral regulation', Czech Sociological Review, 51 (3) 339-361.


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