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Young Workers and Trade Unions

A Global View

  • Andy Hodder
  • Lefteris Kretsos

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Andy Hodder, Lefteris Kretsos
    Pages 1-15
  3. David Peetz, Robin Price, Janis Bailey
    Pages 54-70
  4. Carlos J. Fernández Rodríguez, Rafael Ibáñez Rojo, Pablo López Calle, Miguel Martínez Lucio
    Pages 142-161
  5. Lefteris Kretsos, Andy Hodder
    Pages 195-200
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-206

About this book


This book provides an understanding of the processes in which unions engage with young people, and views and opinions young people hold relating to collective representation. It features a selection of specific national cases of high relevance to contemporary debates of precariousness, trade union revitalization strategies and austerity policies.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Andy Hodder
    • 1
  • Lefteris Kretsos
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK
  2. 2.University of GreenwichUK

About the editors

Andy Hodder is a lecturer in the Management Department at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has conducted research into the relationship between young workers and trade unions in the UK and is continuing to work on issues associated with union mobilization and activism. Andy is a member of the British Academy of Management, the British Sociological Association and the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. He is also on the Executive Committee of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association.

Lefteris Kretsos is a senior lecturer of Industrial Relations at the University of Greenwich, UK, and Member of the ESRC Peer Review College. His research is focused on the rising trends and patterns of precarious employment, especially among young workers in the context of economic crisis. Lefteris has been involved in various research projects for the European Commission, ESRC, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions and various trade union organisations. He is also heavily involved in the completion of a project funded by the European Research Council on the effects of marketization into European societies.

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“This book on young workers is a welcome addition both to the academic and practitioner literature on trade unions, particularly as anyone undertaking a search on this topic will find few resources with which to engage. … Throughout this edited collection of 12 chapters, we are provided with a wealth of data relating to union density and membership of ‘young’ workers in different countries.” (Jane Holgate, Work, employment and society, Vol. 31 (3), 2017)

“This edited collection aims to give insight into the challenges trade unions around the world face when they attempt to involve young people. … This is undoubtedly an important contribution to our understanding of the difficult contexts in which unions are trying to organize and represent young people. … Anyone reading the book as a whole will be left with a very clear view of the political and practical challenges ahead.” (Melanie Simms, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 54 (1), March, 2016)