Globalization and precarious forms of production and employment : challenges for workers and unions
- edited by Carole Thornley, Steve Jefferys, Beatrice Appay.
- Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2010.
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This important and cross-disciplinary book explores globalization alongside precarious forms of production and employment, and how these factors have impacted on workers and trade unions. The contributors, all leading scholars in their field, investigate central issues including: the role and behaviour of transnational corporations; flexibility, insecurity, individualized and precarious work; individual and collective responses; and ideological forms and justifications. Using rich, diverse examples and case studies they also explore a full range of industries and sectors including agriculture, manufacture, services and state employment, encompassing both mature capitalist economies and global outsourcing to less developed regions.This innovative and timely book provides a multidisciplinary analysis that advances underdeveloped theories and will stimulate further debate and contributions on the roles of states, employers and workers' organizations, as well as ideology and democracy. It will strongly appeal to academics who work, study or research the interrelated fields of global economy and international sociology, globalization, management, human resource management, employee and industrial relations, sociology of work, and international political economy.
Introduction: globalization and precarious forms of production and employment: challenges for workers and unions / Carole Thornley, Steve Jefferys and Beatrice Appay -- In the age of Wal-Mart: precarious work and authoritarian management in the global supply chain / Nelson Lichtenstein -- 'Precarization' and flexibility in the labour process: a question of legitimacy and a major challenge for democracy / Beatrice Appay -- Legitimating precarious employment: aspects of the post-Fordism and lean production debates / Dan Coffey and Carole Thornley -- Global restructuring of transnational companies: negotiations in the auto industry / Isabel da Costa and Udo Rehfeldt -- Trade unions facing uncertainty in Central and Eastern Europe / Sylvie Contrepois and Steve Jeffreys -- Seasonal workers in Mediterranean agriculture: flexibility and insecurity in a sector under pressure / Béatrice Mésini -- The rise in precarious employment and union responses in Australia / Iain Campbell -- Hyper-flexibility in the IT sector: myth or reality? / Isabelle Berrebi-Hoffman, Michel Lallement, Martine Pernod-Lemattre and Franc̦ois Sarfati -- The increasing use of 'market' concepts in negotiations, and contextualizing factors / Jens Thoemmes -- Trade union responses to privatization and restructuring of production in Argentina in the 1990s: similarities and differences in two state-owned companies / Juliana Frassa, Leticia Műniz Terra and Alejandro Naclerio -- Organizing and mobilizing precarious workers in France : the case of cleaners in the railways / Heather Connolly -- Growing power asymmetries, individualization and the continuing relevance of collective responses / Rachid Bouchareb -- Changing lanes or stuck in the slow lane? Employment precariousness and labour market status of MG Rover workers four years after closure / Alex de Ruyter, David Bailey, and Michelle Mahdon -- 'Politics of production', a new challenge for unionism: workers facing citizens in the French civil nuclear energy / Patrick Chaskiel.
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- Cheltenham : Edward Elgar, 2010.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- xii, 258 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
- Genre or Form
- Case studies
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- Other Identifiers
- British national bibliography: GBB063312