Negotiating Precarity: Comparative Perspectives on Post-Fordist Employment Regimes

Understanding how and why Post-Fordist employment regimes shape workers’ wages, working conditions and job security has become a central task for scholars, policy makers, and workers’ representatives. This workshop focuses on the growth of precarious work in comparative perspective, in Europe and beyond, while assessing its implications for workers’ wages and working conditions as well as management policies, practices and discourses. Precarious work challenges worker organizing and collective mobilization on the one hand. On the other hand, trade unions try to fight precarious work by bargaining over the extent to which the workforce is exposed to increasing market risks and employers’ demands for flexibility. In the workshop, we seek to (a) understand the settings and patterns of socio-economic domination labour is exposed to, and which involve the role of capital, the state, gender, class, age, ethnicity, skills, citizenship (b) assess their effects in terms of ongoing social divides and precariousness and (c) examine the manifestations of labour resistance and acquiescence to precarity.

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