In most of the world, work has usually been precarious. For several decades, however, greater employment security was achieved in the developed economies. These gains have been increasingly eroded by neoliberal globalisation. We focus on Western Europe to examine whether trade unions are merely protectors of the remaining labour market ‘insiders’, or whether they can also represent the interests of the growing numbers of ‘outsiders’. We also examine the role of ‘new’ social movements in mobilising against insecurity. Our reflections end by considering whether and how the two modes of response offered by trade unions and social movements may be integrated.
SOURCE: Hyman, Richard and Gumbrell-McCormick, Rebecca (2017) Resisting labour market insecurity: old and new actors, rivals or allies?Journal of Industrial Relations, 59 (4). pp. 538-561
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