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Why do contingent workers join a trade union?: Evidence from the irish telecommunications sector
University of Leeds, UK.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9902-8182
2010 (English)In: European journal of industrial relations, ISSN 0959-6801, E-ISSN 1461-7129, Vol. 16, no 2, p. 153-168Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The restructuring of Irish telecommunications brought major changes to employment in the sector, including increased use of contingent labour. The Communications Workers Union won bargaining recognition in the main subcontract supply firm.The recruitment of contingent workers brought new challenges in terms of reconciling the interests of members working on traditional employment contracts and those with a variety of contingent employment forms. Successful organizing campaigns also raised the questions: why do contingent workers join the union and what does union membership mean to them? These developments are set in the context of union responses to sectoral restructuring in other countries, and possible lessons are drawn for broader attempts by unions to recruit and represent contingent workers.

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Sage Publications, 2010. Vol. 16, no 2, p. 153-168
Keywords [en]
atypical employment, contingent workers, non-standard employment, restructuring, telecommunications, union organizing
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Work Sciences
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Working Life Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-66580DOI: 10.1177/0959680110364829Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77953510741OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-66580DiVA, id: diva2:1223410
Available from: 2018-06-25 Created: 2018-06-25 Last updated: 2018-06-25Bibliographically approved

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