Between trade union internationalism and nationalism: European market integration and the post-war migrations, International Trade Secretariats and Swedish trade unions

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2019
Funding: 1857000 SEK


The aim is to study relations between International Trade Secretariats
(ITS) and national trade unions, considering the post-war European
market integration in general and migration-related issues in
particular. The project deals with the agency of the ITS, how they
reacted as regards the integration of the labour markets and increased
migrations, and how they tried to influence these processes. The mutual
dynamics between the international and national level of the trade-union
movement are studied at the intersection between trade-union
internationalism and nationally defined labour-market interests. One
ambition is to overbridge the framework of nation-states and analyse the
ITS as arenas for transnational contacts, exchanges of experiences, and
as agents for labour-market policy. The study covers the period from
1947 – when the ERP was initiated – to 2007 – when the EU was enlarged
to include 27 member states, which opens for an analysis of continuity
and change over time. The project is delimited to trade-union
organisations in the engineering-, textile- and clothing industry,
internationally and in Sweden. The source material consists of
trade-union minutes, memos and correspondence, as well as trade-union
publications. These sources are analysed as narratives about work and
migration, with focus on how social constructions of ethnicity, gender,
class and age intersect and influence trade-union policies.

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