Union Strategies, National Institutions and the Use of Temporary Labour in Italian and US Plants

  • Union Strategies, National Institutions and the Use of Temporary Labour
  • Valeria Pulignano, Andrea Signoretti
  • British Journal of Industrial Relations, May 2015, Wiley
  • DOI: 10.1111/bjir.12131

What is it about?

This article analyses variation in the use of temporary labour based on a comparison of two plants of the same US automotive multinational corporation, one in Italy and the other in the United States. We argue that differences in the use of temporary labour are explained by union capacities to make trade-offs between alternative forms of flexibility as well as trade-offs in the protection of internal and external groups of workers.

Why is it important?

We show that union resources influence not only the ways in which temporary workers are used but also bargaining outcomes — including employment conditions —benefiting them at the workplaces.

Perspectives

Professor Valeria VP Pulignano
Associatie KU Leuven

We show that by regulating the use of different forms of flexibility in local bargaining with management, unions have the ability to influence decisions on temporary labour while at the same time positively influencing the working conditions of the workforce as a whole

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12131

The following have contributed to this page: Dr. Andrea Signoretti, Professor Valeria VP Pulignano, and Andrea Signoretti