Moral economy, solidarity and labour process struggle in Irish public transport

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This article empirically applies Knut Laaser’s integrated conceptual framework, combining Sayer’s moral economy (ME) theory with labour process theory (LPT), to examine how two rival Irish unions engaged with an uneven moral economy and consciously sought to build collective worker solidarity during a dispute over competitive tendering and marketization. Using qualitative data from a case study of BusCo in Ireland’s public transport sector, the article enriches sociological understanding of trade union solidarity, and how it is engendered, contested and experienced.


Original languageEnglish
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Early online date20 Dec 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 20 Dec 2019


  • Labour process, moral economy, unions