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The Insecure Workforce : Routledge Studies in Employment Relations - John Salmon

The Insecure Workforce

Routledge Studies in Employment Relations

By: John Salmon (Editor), Professor Edmund Heery (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780415186704
Number Of Pages: 256

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For the past two decades employment in Britain has been marked by a search for greater flexibility in the availability and use of labour. In recent years, however, there has been mounting concern at the costs of this trend and an appreciation that the corollary of a flexible labour market may be an insecure workforce which is vulnerable to exploitation. It is also widely claimed that rising worker insecurity imposes costs on the wider economy and society through lower rates of skill formation, reduced consumer confidence and family instability. This collection of essays uniquely brings together writers from the fields of human resource management, industrial relations, social policy, sociology, economics and politics to explore the validity of these claims. Specific issues considered in the book include: * Labour markets and the growth of insecure work * The management of insecure work * Trade unions and the representation of insecure workers * Job insecurity and personal well-being * Insecurity and consumption patterns * Insecurity and political behaviour.^ L The book has a key message: there is evidence of growing insecurity amongst the workforce and this is associated with poor functioning of the economy and the emergence of significant social problems. Re-building security at work should be a major concern of policy makers. Brian Abbott, Kingston University Nigel Allington, Cardiff Business School Brendan Burchell, University of Cambridge Paul Gregg, London School of Economics and Poli

Introduction: The Debate over Workforce Insecurity
Can't stand up for falling down?
Insecurity in the UK Labour Market
Insecurity and the Flexible Workforce: Measuring the Ill-Defined
Redundancy Arrangements and Job (In)Security
Workforce Insecurity in the Public Services
Beyond the Miracle: the Future of Life-time Employment in Japan
Managing the Insecure Workforce
Representing the Insecure Workforce
Insecurity, Wellbeing and the Family
Insecurity and Housing Consumption
Workforce Insecurity and Political Behaviour: Did Insecurity Cause the Conservative's Defeat in 1997?
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ISBN: 9780415186704
ISBN-10: 0415186706
Series: Routledge Studies in Employment Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1