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Creating a multi-layered representational ‘package’ for subcontracted workers: the case of cleaners at Ben-Gurion University

Preminger, Jonathan 2018. Creating a multi-layered representational ‘package’ for subcontracted workers: the case of cleaners at Ben-Gurion University. Industrial Relations Journal 49 , pp. 34-49. 10.1111/irj.12201
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Abstract

Research into the organising of subcontracted workers tends to focus on how such campaigns contribute to union revitalisation, the shortcomings of non-union organisations in comparison to classic unionism, and opposition rather than complementarity between strategies. Analysing the organising of subcontracted cleaners at a university, this article shifts this focus, evaluating the campaign in terms of how it assisted the workers, regardless of whether it contributed to union renewal, and in terms of complementarity between new and traditional IR actors. Drawing on the power resources approach, it asserts that collaboration across different ‘paths to representation’ can create a multi-layered representational ‘package’ in which different organisations with different power resources take on different aspects of what was once a (single) union’s role, covering each other’s shortcomings in a kind of de facto representational ‘division of labour.’

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0019-8692
Funders: British Academy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 December 2017
Date of Acceptance: 19 December 2017
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2019 02:53
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/107763

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