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New mobilities in EuropePolish migration to Ireland post-2004$
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Torben Krings, Elaine Moriarty, and James Wickham

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088094

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.001.0001

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Employment conditions and the culture of work

Employment conditions and the culture of work

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(p.77) 5 Employment conditions and the culture of work
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New mobilities in Europe
Author(s):

Torben Krings

Elaine Moriarty

James Wickham

Alicja Bobek

Justyna Salamońska

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719088094.003.0006

This chapter addresses the experiences of Polish migrants in the Irish workplace. It explores to what extent their experiences were shaped by sectoral and occupational differences and how migrants interacted with employers and the regulatory environment of the Irish workplace. The chapter documents the often informal and casual work environment especially in less-skilled jobs. However, work in these supposedly ‘bad jobs’ was not necessarily experienced as such, in particular when comparisons were made to Poland. This was even more visible in relation to skilled occupations where migrants reported a rather positive work culture that was seen as less hierarchical and authoritarian than in Poland. Some respondents valued their multinational workplace. Generally group relations were described as rather good. However, since the onset of the recession, some group tensions became visible especially in the construction sector that has experienced a dramatic rise in unemployment.

Keywords:   casual work, group relations, multinational workplace, recession, work culture

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