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Routledge Studies in Employment and Work Relations in Context

About the Series

The aim of the Employment and Work Relations in Context Series is to address questions relating to the evolving patterns and politics of work, employment, management and industrial relations. There is a concern to trace out the ways in which wider policy-making, especially by national governments and transnational corporations, impinges upon specific workplaces, occupations, labour markets, localities and regions. This invites attention to developments at an international level, marking out patterns of globalization, state policy and practices in the context of globalization and the impact of these processes on labour. A particular feature of the series is the consideration of forms of worker and citizen organization and mobilization. The studies address major analytical and policy issues through case study and comparative research.

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Transnational Trade Unionism Building Union Power

Transnational Trade Unionism: Building Union Power

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Fairbrother, Christian Lévesque, Marc-Antonin Hennebert
August 07, 2018

Transnational trade union action has expanded significantly over the last few decades and has taken a variety of shapes and trajectories. This book is concerned with understanding the spatial extension of trade union action, and in particular the development of new forms of collective mobilization,...

Transnational Management and Globalised Workers Nurses Beyond Human Resources

Transnational Management and Globalised Workers: Nurses Beyond Human Resources

1st Edition

By Tricia Cleland Silva
July 09, 2018

There are 60 million health care workers globally and most of this workforce consists of nurses, as they are key providers of primary health care. Historically, the global nurse occupation has been predominately female and segregated along gendered, racialised and classed hierarchies. In the last ...

Human Resource Management in Emerging Economies

Human Resource Management in Emerging Economies

1st Edition

By Piotr Zientara
June 08, 2018

The demise of communism in 1989 in eastern Europe, followed by the break-up of the Soviet Union and the spectacular rise of China and India in the 1990s, brought about a new world order. In eastern Europe communism not only caused large-scale impoverishment and technological slowing, but also ...

The Origins of Worker Mobilisation Australia 1788-1850

The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850

1st Edition

By Michael Quinlan
November 17, 2017

This is a book on how and why workers come together. Almost coincident with its inception, worker organisation is a central and enduring element of capitalism. In the 19th and 20th centuries’ mobilisation by workers played a substantial role in reshaping critical elements of these societies in ...

Rediscovering Collective Bargaining Australia's Fair Work Act in International Perspective

Rediscovering Collective Bargaining: Australia's Fair Work Act in International Perspective

1st Edition

Edited By Breen Creighton, Anthony Forsyth
June 07, 2017

This book examines countries that have tried, with varying degrees of success, to use legislative strategies to encourage and support collective bargaining, including Australia’s Fair Work Act. It is the first major study of the operation and impact of the new collective bargaining framework ...

Social Regionalism in the Global Economy

Social Regionalism in the Global Economy

1st Edition

Edited By Adelle Blackett, Christian Lévesque
October 26, 2016

Regional trade agreements have expanded exponentially over the past decade, and have become a significant, if controversial, factor in the expanse of economic globalization.  Social Regionalism in the Global Economy attempts to take a fresh, interdisciplinary approach to addressing labour ...

Japanese Management Techniques and British Workers

Japanese Management Techniques and British Workers

1st Edition

By Andy Danford
August 26, 2016

Analyzing the impact of Japanese-style management techniques such as lean production, teamworking, kaizen (continuous improvement) and business unionism of factory workers, this text investigates different facets of the organization of the labour process and employment relations within 15 Japanese ...

Unionization and Union Leadership The Road Haulage Industry

Unionization and Union Leadership: The Road Haulage Industry

1st Edition

By Paul Smith
July 29, 2016

The focus of this book is the process of unionization in the road haulage industry, in particular, the role of leadership in determining the quality of union organization. It analyzes the early history of road haulage unions, the creation of the TGWU, the failure to organize the industry during the...

Industrial Relations in Education Transforming the School Workforce

Industrial Relations in Education: Transforming the School Workforce

1st Edition

By Bob Carter, Howard Stevenson, Rowena Passy
July 27, 2016

All phases of education from pre-school to post-compulsory, in virtually all parts of the world, have experienced unprecedented reform and restructuring in recent years. Restructuring has largely been driven by a global agenda that has promoted the development of human capital as the key to ...

Temporary Work, Agencies and Unfree Labour Insecurity in the New World of Work

Temporary Work, Agencies and Unfree Labour: Insecurity in the New World of Work

1st Edition

Edited By Judy Fudge, Kendra Strauss
July 15, 2016

Unfree labor has not disappeared from advanced capitalist economies. In this sense the debates among and between Marxist and orthodox economic historians about the incompatibility of capitalism and unfree labor are moot: the International Labour Organisation has identified forced, coerced, and ...

Young Adult Women, Work and Family Living a Contradiction

Young Adult Women, Work and Family: Living a Contradiction

1st Edition

By Maureen Padfield, Ian Procter
April 27, 2016

This text is an exploration of the interplay between employment and domestic relations within a specific group of young women, which includes single working women without children and working mothers. It is based on actual experiences, as related in interviews, and uses longitudianl data to chart ...

Privatization of Public Services Impacts for Employment, Working Conditions, and Service Quality in Europe

Privatization of Public Services: Impacts for Employment, Working Conditions, and Service Quality in Europe

1st Edition

Edited By Christoph Hermann, Jörg Flecker
September 03, 2015

Public services throughout Europe have undergone dramatic restructuring processes in recent years in connection with liberalization and privatization. While evaluations of the successes of public services have focused on prices and efficiency, much less attention has been paid to the impacts of ...

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