This thesis is based on our interest in union organizing and solidarity building among workers in the context of a Danish labour union. This research is based on a case study of the organizing of a group of chamber maids, all woman and ethnic minorities, working at a large hotel in Copenhagen. The focal question of our study was: What are the effects of the organizing of the women in relation to member participation in the union, the building of a sense of community amongst the women and integration into the larger community of the union. We have drawn upon the Industrial Relation researchers Richard Hyman, Ben Valkenburg and Reinar Zoll and their thoughts in relation to the need for unions to reconstruct the understanding of solidarity and find new ways to practice unionism especially in relation to creating more (and new) possibilities for membership participation. We have also used the thoughts of Morten Madsen on the democracy form in Danish unions. Further we have drawn upon Nancy Fraser’s understanding of parity in participation to help us look at organizing and, what the effects of the work has for the participation of the group of maids who are all ethnic minorities in Denmark. Our main finding was that a sense of community among the women is built through active participation in the organizing activities at work place level. The organizing creates more and new ways of participating that increases the union democracy – but only at the work place level. Through the active participation the women learn the strength of collective action, and a stronger solidarity in the group was built. We did not find any evidence that it increased the level of participation on higher levels in the union. We also concluded that there is potential in organizing in relation to reaching groups that are outside of the ‘norm’ in the union, for example ethnic minority groups. But on the other hand we found that there are some challenges in relation to creating ‘parity in participation’ which we found evidence for example in relation to the participation of the women in the work of the union on higher levels.
|Uddannelser||Socialvidenskab, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat|
|Udgivelsesdato||1 dec. 2012|
|Vejledere||Hansen Lise Lotte|