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    European trade unions and "atypical" workers

    Gumbrell-McCormick, Rebecca and Varga, M. and Hyman, R. (2012) European trade unions and "atypical" workers. In: Schurman, S.J. and Eaton, A.E. (eds.) Trade Union Organizing in the Informal Economy: A Review of the Literature on Organizing in Africa, Asia, Latin America, North America and Western, Central and Eastern Europe. Newark: Rutgers University, pp. 59-70.

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    This chapter covers the situation of informal or ‘atypical’ workers and the responses of trade unions in Europe. Though it is more than twenty years since the collapse of the Soviet bloc, there are still significant differences between the economies, labor markets and industrial relations institutions of Western and Eastern Europe; we therefore present separate sections for the two regions. The section on Western Europe is based largely on material from research into trade unionism in ten west European countries.212 Union leaders throughout Western Europe now consider the increase in precarious forms of work, including part-time, temporary or agency, contracted-out, posted, dependent self-employed and undocumented work, to be one of the major challenges which they currently face, and one which requires changes in their way of thinking, organization, policies and structure. Unionists in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), where informal work is more extensive than in the west and other forms of atypical work are on the increase, are beginning to share these concerns and are developing policies and actions in response.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2014 15:51
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:12


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