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Migrant precarity and future challenges to labour standards in Sweden
Linköping University, Sweden.
University of Kent, UK.
Linköping University, Sweden.
2014 (English)In: Economic and Industrial Democracy, ISSN 0143-831X, E-ISSN 1461-7099, Vol. 35, no 4, 695-715 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Fears of a ‘race to the bottom’ in labour standards may have been overstated. Nevertheless, using Sweden as a case study, it is argued that the diminished capacity of trade unions to defend labour standards following the Laval judgement of the European Court of Justice, together with a decline in trade union density, a limited remit of enforcement authorities and recent changes to the Swedish labour migration regime, may have detrimental impacts on labour standards, particularly in low-skill low-wage occupations. In combination, these developments are creating new spaces for migrant precariousness within the context of a formerly well-regulated Swedish labour market model.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2014. Vol. 35, no 4, 695-715 p.
Keyword [en]
Labour standards, Laval case, migrant labour, posted workers, 2008 Swedish migration reform, Swedish model
National Category
Work Sciences
Research subject
Humanities and Social sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10493DOI: 10.1177/0143831X13494249ISI: 000347114100007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10493DiVA: diva2:775261
FAS Project: 2011– 0338, ‘East–West Labour Migration, Industrial Relations and Labour Standards in a Swedish-Baltic Context’
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, FAS 2011– 0338
Available from: 2014-12-31 Created: 2014-12-31 Last updated: 2015-08-25Bibliographically approved

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