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Between keeping your head down and trying to get noticed: agency workers in French car assembly plants

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posted on 08.02.2012, 15:17 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.

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Citation

Management Revue: The International Review of Management Studies, 2011, 22 (2), pp. 169-187 (22)

Author affiliation

/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCE/School of Management

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Published in

Management Revue: The International Review of Management Studies

Publisher

Rainer Hampp Verlag

issn

0935-9915,

eissn

0935-9915

Copyright date

2011

Available date

08/02/2012

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http://www.hampp-verlag.de/hampp_e-journals_mrev.htm#2011

Language

en