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Cutting across diversity : trade union learning initiatives and migrant workers in the Communication Workers' Union in the United Kingdom. / Calveley, Moira; Shelley, Steven; Hardy, Jane.

University of Hertfordshire, 2012. (UH Business School Working Papers).

Research output: Working paper

Harvard

Calveley, M, Shelley, S & Hardy, J 2012 'Cutting across diversity: trade union learning initiatives and migrant workers in the Communication Workers' Union in the United Kingdom' UH Business School Working Papers, University of Hertfordshire.

APA

Calveley, M., Shelley, S., & Hardy, J. (2012). Cutting across diversity: trade union learning initiatives and migrant workers in the Communication Workers' Union in the United Kingdom. (UH Business School Working Papers). University of Hertfordshire.

Vancouver

Calveley M, Shelley S, Hardy J. Cutting across diversity: trade union learning initiatives and migrant workers in the Communication Workers' Union in the United Kingdom. University of Hertfordshire. 2012. (UH Business School Working Papers).

Author

Calveley, Moira ; Shelley, Steven ; Hardy, Jane. / Cutting across diversity : trade union learning initiatives and migrant workers in the Communication Workers' Union in the United Kingdom. University of Hertfordshire, 2012. (UH Business School Working Papers).

Bibtex

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