Trade Unions, Immigration and Immigrants in Europe 1960-1993

Trade Unions, Immigration and Immigrants in Europe 1960-1993
Rinus Penninx and Judith Roosblad (ed.), Trade Unions, Immigration and Immigrants in Europe 1960-1993. A Comparative Study of the Actions of Trade Unions in Seven West European Countries; International Studies in Social History vol 1;
Oxford/New York, Berghahn Books, 2000; ISBN 1-57181-764-6, 248 pp.

The European trade unions play an important role in the formulation of policies relating to immigration and the migrant workers, who are arriving and becoming part of the workforce the unions are representing and protecting against employers and other authorities. However, the trade unions have not always fulfilled their role as the most obvious organization to defend the interests of foreign workers to the extent they could be expected. The reasons for this are complex and due to conflicts of interests that arise from their intermediary position between employers, government authorities, and indigenous workers.
This volume offers a rich analysis of the situation in seven major European countries but also a comparison of the data found and an attempt to account for the differences established. It ends with some conclusions on the prospects of trade unions within the European Union, and on the lessons to be learned from the present analysis.