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Last updated: 22/10/08

Unison Migrant Workers


Dr Sian Moore, Max Watson


January 2008 - January 2010



Final Report

UNISON migrant workers evaluation report.pdf

Project summary

The Working Lives Research Institute is providing research support for Unison’s Migrant Workers’ Participation Project, funded by the Union Modernisation Fund. The Unison Migrant Workers Participation Project aims for:

For the purposes of the project migrant workers are defined as workers who have come to the UK specifically to find or take up work whether or not they intend to remain in the UK. According to government statistics ‘foreign born’ employment in Education, Health and Public Services increased from 7.6% in 1997 to 11.3% in 2007 or 859,000 workers (Table 1), suggesting that there are substantial numbers of migrant workers in the sectors covered by Unison.

The first task of the project is to map the number of migrant worker activists in the union as a proportion of migrant worker members and potential migrant worker members. The second task is to begin to identify the factors that encourage or inhibit migrant workers from becoming active in Unison.

Further information

For more information about the UNISON Migrant Workers Participation Project, please go to UNISON's Migrant Workers website.

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