Between keeping your head down and trying to get noticed: agency workers in French car assembly plants

Purcell, Christina and Brook, Paul and Lucas, Rosemary (2011) Between keeping your head down and trying to get noticed: agency workers in French car assembly plants. Management Revue: The International Review of Management Studies, 22 (2). pp. 169-187.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: agency work; factory regimes; auto sector; agency autoworkers; hegemonic despotism; unions; labour process; Burawoy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Business School > Business and Human Resource Management
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business Research
Depositing User: Ineke Tijsma
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 15:12
Last Modified: 11 May 2015 15:12
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1702

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