Mobilising contingent workers: An analysis of two successful cases

Simms, M. and Dean, D. (2015) Mobilising contingent workers: An analysis of two successful cases. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 36(1), pp. 173-190. (doi: 10.1177/0143831X13501000)

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This article examines two cases of successful efforts by UK trade unions to mobilise contingent workers. The evidence strongly illustrates the explanatory potential of Kelly’s mobilisation theory and deepens understanding of how mobilisation processes work within unions. The findings emphasise the importance of officers and activists in framing collective interests as ‘cultures of solidarity’ (Fantasia, 1988). Solidarity both within groups of contingent workers and between them and the wider union is essential for successful mobilisation. Building solidarities helps these workers overcome their inherently weak position in the labour market; a process that is important to understand in greater detail if we are to understand union revitalisation efforts more widely.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This work was supported by an internal grant awarded by the University of Warwick Research Development Fund.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simms, Professor Melanie
Authors: Simms, M., and Dean, D.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Economic and Industrial Democracy
ISSN (Online):1461-7099
Published Online:07 January 2014

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