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Organising non-standard workers: union recruitment in the Irish care sector

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  • Caroline Murphy,

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    • Correspondence should be addressed to Caroline Murphy, Department of Personnel and Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick, Ireland; email: caroline.murphy@ul.ie

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    • Caroline Murphy is Postdoctoral Researcher and Thomas Turner is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.
  • Thomas Turner

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    • Caroline Murphy is Postdoctoral Researcher and Thomas Turner is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Personnel and Employment Relations at the Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick.

Abstract

In 2004, Ireland's largest union initiated its most comprehensive organising campaign to date, resulting in 12,000 care workers being organised. This article explores how unions can sustain campaigns among a dispersed workforce, and how public support and worker commitment can be leveraged to achieve structural changes in an emerging sector.

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