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Reconstructing Solidarity

Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe

Virginia (Associate Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, Associate Professor of Comparative Employment Relations, The ILR School, Cornell University, USA) Doellgast & Valeria (Professor of Sociology of Labour and Industrial Relations, Professor of Sociology of Labour and Industrial Relations, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven, Belgium) Pulignano & Nathan (Professor of Social and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Professor of Social and Public Policy, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland) Lillie

Reconstructing Solidarity

Reconstructing Solidarity

Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe

Reconstructing Solidarity

 

Reconstructing Solidarity explores the struggles of unions against the expansion of precarious work in Europe, and the implications of these struggles for worker solidarity and institutional change.


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Beschrijving Reconstructing Solidarity

Work is widely thought to have become more precarious. Many people feel that unions represent the interests of protected workers in good jobs at the expense of workers with insecure employment, low pay, and less generous benefits. Reconstructing Solidarity: Labour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe argues the opposite: that unions try to represent precarious workers using a variety of creative campaigning and
organizing tactics.

Where unions can limit employers' ability to 'exit' labour market institutions and collective agreements, and build solidarity across different groups of workers, this results in a virtuous circle, establishing union control over the labour market. Where they fail to do so, it sets in motion a vicious circle of expanding precarity based on institutional evasion by employers. Ieconstructing Solidarity examines how unions build, or fail to build, inclusive worker solidarity to challenge this
vicious circle and to re-regulate increasingly precarious jobs. Comparative case studies from fourteen European countries describe the struggles of workers and unions in industries such as local government, retail, music, metalworking, chemicals, meat packing, and logistics. Their findings argue against
the thesis that unions act primarily to protect labour market insiders at the expense of outsiders.


ISBN
9780198853558
Pagina's
272
Verschenen
NUR
780
Druk
1
Uitvoering
Paperback / softback
Taal
Engels
Uitgever
OUP Oxford

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