Migration and labour unrest during the pandemic: Studies from Germany and Austria

Johanna Neuhauser, Peter Birke

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This paper presents the results of research, which highlights the situation during the pandemic in sectors characterised by low wages and a high turnover of workers. The empirical basis is formed by company case studies in the meat industry, postal services, and mask production in Germany and Austria. This paper discusses the significance of different locations (at and beyond the workplace) and forms ('exit' and 'voice') of labour unrest in sectors of the economy that are characterised by a predominance of the use of migrant labour. It questions how conflicts over migrant labour have been articulated and possibly changed in the pandemic, and what factors may have contributed not only to an upsurge but also to the containment, regulation, and repression, of labour unrest.

Seiten (von - bis)426-443
FachzeitschriftThe Economic and Labour Relations Review
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - Sep. 2023

ÖFOS 2012

  • 504021 Migrationsforschung
  • 504002 Arbeitssoziologie