Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/79007
Authors: 
Purcell, Christina
Brook, Paul
Lucas, Rosemary
Year of Publication: 
2011
Citation: 
[Journal:] Management Revue [ISSN:] 1861-9916 [Publisher:] Hampp [Place:] Mering [Volume:] 22 [Year:] 2011 [Issue:] 2 [Pages:] 169-187
Abstract: 
Numerical flexibility is commonly promoted as a driver of employment growth. However, contingent work is frequently associated with 'bad jobs', particularly for those in low skilled occupations. Agency work is a common and growing form of contingent work and is often promoted as a tool for facilitating the labour market integration of young workers. In France, young agency workers make up a significant part of the labour force within car assembly plants. Studies have shown that these workers have harsher working conditions than permanent co-workers and are subject to a 'despotic' factory regime. However, the triangular relationship, which frames the agency contract, may give rise to a more complex outcome in which the aspiration for stable employment mediates the coercion of labour market vulnerability.
Subjects: 
agency work
factory regimes
auto sector
agency autoworkers
hegemonic despotism
unions
labour process
Burawoy
JEL: 
J47
J50
J63
J71
J81
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Document Type: 
Article

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