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Racial and Ethnic Minorities, Immigration and the Role of Trade Unions in Combatting Discrimination and Xenophobia, in Encouraging Participation and in Securing Social Inclusion and Citizenship - RITU, Final Report, EUR 23157

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00129
Funded under: FP5-HUMAN POTENTIAL

Abstract

Against the background of 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars and growing Islamaphobia, racism and xenophobia are speaking with a louder voice. The policy relevance of this project covers the role and responsibilities of trade unions in challenging racism. Unions remain the largest independent voluntary and democratic organizations directly representing the interests of Europe's working peoples. Research into how unions mediate racism in the workplace was carried out by teams in Belgium, Italy, France, UK and in Bulgaria between 2003 and 2005. In this period the ethnicisation of many lowpaid and lesser-skilled jobs in Western Europe accelerated while the rising international mobility of labour began to impact on wage levels.
- Racism is defined by the researchers as occurring where, to the stereotyping prejudice of xenophobia, is added a power relationship that either aims to or achieves the subordination of the 'inferior other'.
- Racism occurs either 'directly', where minority workers are deliberately and consciously discriminated against, or 'indirectly', where market structure or the organisation's rules, procedures and practices disadvantage ethnic minorities.

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Record Number: 9079 / Last updated on: 2008-04-14
Category: MISC