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The trade union response to agency labour in Britain

Heery, Edmund James ORCID: 2004. The trade union response to agency labour in Britain. Industrial Relations Journal 35 (5) , pp. 434-450. 10.1111/j.1468-2338.2004.00325.x

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The growth of agency work in recent years has posed a challenge to trade unions, which must decide if they will accept agency workers as part of their constituency and accept employment agencies as legitimate labour-market actors. This article analyses the reaction of British unions to agency work and identifies four main responses: exclusion, replacement, regulation and engagement. It concludes with an evaluation of union policies, which stresses the need for unions to secure broad regulation of the agency labour market either through multi-employer bargaining or employment law.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0019-8692
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2022 09:54

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