Half-term seminar: Organising Solidarity in the Danish Labour Movement

Thursday 16 May, 14:15 - 16:00
Niagara, MIM seminar room, Nordenskiöldsgatan 1
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Half-term seminar: Organising Solidarity in the Danish Labour Movement: Multi-Scalar Formations of Migrant Labour and Precarious Work


Karen Ravn Vestergaard, doctoral candidate in IMER, the Department of Global Political Studies, Malmö University. She is funded by the City of Malmö Guest Professorship in Migration Studies donation to MIM.


Martin Bak Jørgensen, Professor in Processes of Migration, Aalborg University.

Main supervisor and moderator of the seminar

Maja Povrzanović Frykman, Professor of Ethnology, Malmö University.


Nahikari Irastorza, Associate Professor, Malmö University.
Paula Mulinari, Associate Professor, Malmö University.


You are welcome to join us at MIM seminar room, floor 9. To attend, please gather by the reception area at 14.05. 


Send an email to mim@mau.se

This thesis explores how the Danish labour movement responds to current challenges of collective organising around formations of migrant labour and precarious work as well as across divisions of the working class from a multi-scalar perspective. Specifically, it examines how the largest Danish trade union, 3F, approaches such challenges, initially focusing on initiatives within the construction and transport sectors. Through interviews with union representatives, activists, and organisations collaborating with the union, the thesis asks these questions from the perspective of how forms of solidarity are imagined and organised. Building on scholarly and political calls for revitalising trade union structures and labour organising in the neoliberal context of the multiplication of borders and labour (Mezzadra & Neilson 2013; Doellgast et al. 2018), this thesis focuses on local as well as cross-border, international efforts of organising labour. It employs a Social Reproduction Theory (SRT) approach to ask whether existing organising efforts, such as those around ‘social dumping’ and formations of migrant labour, challenge or expand the worker subject as well as the forms of labour recognised as labour struggles in the Danish labour movement.