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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)

Paperback Published: 24th February 2000
ISBN: 9780415186711
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 consequence of a flexible labour market may be an insecure workforce, 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
* trade unions and the representation of insecure workers
* job insecurity and personal well-being
* insecurity and political behaviour.


This original analysis through the outstanding essays, leads to the book's key message: that re-building security at work should be a major concern of policy makers.

Prefacep. xi
The Insecurity Thesisp. 1
Referencesp. 20
Insecurity and the Flexible Workforcep. 25
Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Nowp. 39
Redundancy and the Paradox of Job Insecurityp. 57
Notesp. 74
Employment Insecurity in the Public Servicesp. 78
Gendered Employment Insecurity?p. 112
Management and the Insecure Workforcep. 140
Referencesp. 154
Trade Unions and the Insecure Workforcep. 155
Job Insecurity, Psychological Well-Being and Family Lifep. 181
Referencesp. 204
Insecurity and Housing Consumptionp. 210
Referencesp. 225
Indexp. 227
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ISBN: 9780415186711
ISBN-10: 0415186714
Series: Routledge Studies in Employment Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 24th February 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.35
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1