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Return to gender: an analysis of women's disadvantage in postal work

Jenkins, Sarah Louise ORCID:, Martinez Lucio, Miguel and Noon, Michael Andrew 2002. Return to gender: an analysis of women's disadvantage in postal work. Gender work & organization 9 (1) , pp. 81-104. 10.1111/1468-0432.00150

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The workplace is a crucial locale for understanding three important issues in contemporary debates on gender and organizations; the processes by which work becomes gendered, the origins and nature of gender segregation and the role of trade unions in delivering gender equality. This article presents data from a study of workplace transformations in Royal Mail, and demonstrates the dynamic interplay of factors over time, which have sustained postal work in the UK as a gendered occupation and continues to disadvantage women in the workforce. The article shows that the position of women in postal work has been historically and contemporaneously linked to the relations between the trade union, management, male and female workers. The data illustrate that the power relations between the main actors have sustained the dynamic of women's disadvantage. Furthermore, the processes that have sustained postal work as a gendered job continue to segregate men and women's work at the level of the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
ISSN: 1468-0432
Last Modified: 17 Oct 2022 09:16

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