Organizing Capacities and Union Priorities in the Hotelsector in Oslo, Dublin, and Toronto

  • Ann Cecilie Bergene Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  • David Jordhus-Lier Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo
  • Anders Underthun Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Keywords: Labor market institutions & social partners, Organization & management

Abstract

In this article, we draw international comparisons between industrial relations regimes in the hotel sector and compare relevant trade union experiences in the selected metropolitan areas of Oslo, Dublin, and Toronto. We ask how union strategies differ in these different hotel markets, and how strategic choices at a local level relate to industrial relations models, regulatory change, and corporate restructuring in the hotel market. The study is based on interviews with union representatives and key informants in Norway, Ireland, and Canada. The main argument we make is that the reorientation of union priorities and the willingness to engage in innovative strategies that has characterized hotel unionism in Toronto and Dublin is not detectable in the case of Oslo. This might be a result of the relatively strong position Norwegian trade unions have in national industrial relations, but can at the same time leave local hotel unions vulnerable as they are facing low unionization levels and corporate restructuring which they are unable to tackle effectively.

Author Biographies

Ann Cecilie Bergene, Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Senior Researcher

David Jordhus-Lier, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Associate Professor

Anders Underthun, Work Research Institute, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Senior Researcher. email: anders.underthun@hioa.no

Published
2014-09-01
How to Cite
Bergene, A., Jordhus-Lier, D., & Underthun, A. (2014). Organizing Capacities and Union Priorities in the Hotelsector in Oslo, Dublin, and Toronto. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 4(3), 119-136. https://doi.org/10.19154/njwls.v4i3.4183