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Beyond the enterprise: trade union representation of freelances in the UK

Heery, Edmund James ORCID:, Conley, Hazel, Delbridge, Rick ORCID: and Stewart, Paul 2004. Beyond the enterprise: trade union representation of freelances in the UK. Human Resource Management Journal 14 (2) , pp. 20-35. 10.1111/j.1748-8583.2004.tb00117.x

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Interest has grown in the methods that trade unions can use to organise and represent the substantial proportion of the workforce engaged in ‘contingent work’. This article examines trade union representation of self-employed freelances in the UK. Empirical material is presented from case studies of the media and entertainment unions, with their long history of representing freelances, and more recently established unions representing freelance tour guides, interpreters and translators. The analysis indicates that there is a distinctive form of freelance unionism in the UK which is distinguished by its emphasis on organising and representing workers in the external labour market where they seek work and develop a mobile career. This orientation ‘beyond the enterprise’ distinguishes freelance unionism from the dominant form of unionism in Britain.

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
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0954-5395
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2022 10:00

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