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Trade unions and contingent labour: scale and method

Heery, Edmund James ORCID: 2009. Trade unions and contingent labour: scale and method. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society 2 (3) , pp. 429-442. 10.1093/cjres/rsp020

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In recent years, there has been a trend for trade unions to attempt to represent contingent workers, including agency staff, workers on fixed-term contracts and the self-employed. This article seeks to explain and characterize this development in the UK. The main conclusions are that contingent workers require an “upscaling” of union representation, beyond the workplace, and that methods other than collective bargaining are more important for advancing the interests of this group. These methods include attempts to regulate labour markets unilaterally, provide union services and make use of employment law.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agency work ; Casual work ; Contingent work ; Freelance ; Self-employed ; Trade union
Publisher: Oxford Journals
ISSN: 1752-1378
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 09:46

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