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Title: Mobilising contingent workers: An analysis of two successful cases
Authors: Simms, Melanie
Dean, Deborah
First Published: 7-Jan-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Citation: Economic and Industrial Democracy : an international journal, 2014, 0143831X13501000
Abstract: This article examines two cases of successful efforts by UK trade unions to mobilise contingent workers. The evidence strongly illustrates the explanatory potential of Kelly’s mobilisation theory and deepens understanding of how mobilisation processes work within unions. The findings emphasise the importance of officers and activists in framing collective interests as ‘cultures of solidarity’ (Fantasia, 1988). Solidarity both within groups of contingent workers and between them and the wider union is essential for successful mobilisation. Building solidarities helps these workers overcome their inherently weak position in the labour market; a process that is important to understand in greater detail if we are to understand union revitalisation efforts more widely.
DOI Link: 10.1177/0143831X13501000
ISSN: 0143-831X
eISSN: 1461-7099
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2013, SAGE Publications. Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
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