SOC341H5 Lecture Notes - Precarious Work, Industrial Unionism

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SOC341 Tuesday, January 15, 2013
What is precarious employment? Vosko’s main arguments/claims
1. Conceptualizing precarious employment
-multidimensional phenomenon linked to employment restructuring
2. The dynamics of precarious employment
-continuity through change
3. Studying and limiting precarious employment
-beyond the labour force
-beyond economics, its political, sociological, etc.
Conceptualizing Precarious employment
-multidimensional phenomenon linked to employment restructuring
Subclaim #1:
- unhealthy, insecure work with few benefits or entitlements and low pay
-restructuring: flexibility, at the industrial and the firm level, at a
break with the past, you change the structure, a break at the post
world war 2 period, there was not flexibility before that
-this restructuring point Vosko says is about global competition,
china and india, etc.
-late 19th century to the mid 20th
-widespread and linked with immigration
-ex. seasonal and agricultural work
-ex.use of immigrant labour to construct the railway
-ex. women and domestic workers
-labour market intermediaries
-1940’s to the early 1970’s
-hiring women in part time, seasonal, temporary, because their primary
focus was on the family
-standard employment relationship (SER)
-relationship with single employer
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