MRev Keeping your head down 2011.pdf (338.15 kB)
Between keeping your head down and trying to get noticed: agency workers in French car assembly plants
journal contributionposted on 2012-02-08, 15:17 authored by Christina Purcell, Paul A. Brook, Rosemary Lucas
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.
CitationManagement Revue: The International Review of Management Studies, 2011, 22 (2), pp. 169-187 (22)
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