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Organising migrant workers: The living wage campaign at the University of East London

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ana Lopes


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This critical case study looks at the campaign led by Citizens UK and Unison to get the University of East London (UEL) to sign up to the London Living wage (LLW). UEL agreed to pay the LLW after a brief campaign in November 2010 and it was subsequently implemented in August 2011. The study charts the course of the campaign and draws on mobilisation theory and new primary research to account for its success. What our findings suggest is that community organisers and union activists were able to organise and mobilise a largely apolitical group of migrant workers. This, we suggest, can be explained by the successful mobilisation of the community and augurs well for future broad-based campaigns.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Lopes A, Hall T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Industrial Relations Journal

Year: 2015

Volume: 46

Issue: 3

Pages: 208-221

Print publication date: 01/05/2015

Online publication date: 06/05/2015

Acceptance date: 02/03/2015

ISSN (print): 0019-8692

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2338

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/irj.12099


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