Organizing young workers under precarious conditions

  • Under what conditions do young precarious workers join unions? Based on case studies from France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States, the authors identify targeted campaigns, coalition building, membership activism, and training activities as innovative organizing approaches. In addition to traditional issues such as wages and training quality, these approaches also featured issues specific to precarious workers, including skills training, demands for minimum working hours, and specific support in insecure employment situations. Organizing success is influenced by bargaining structures, occupational identity, labor market conditions, and support by union leaders and members. Innovative organizing tends to happen when unions combine new approaches with existing structures.

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Author details:Melanie SimmsORCiDGND, Dennis EversbergGND, Camille DupuyGND, Lena HippORCiDGND
Title of parent work (English):Work and occupations
Subtitle (English):what hinders or facilitates union success
Publisher:Sage Publ.
Place of publishing:Thousand Oaks
Publication type:Article
Date of first publication:2018/07/04
Completion year:2018
Release date:2021/07/19
Tag:Europe; United States; organizing strategies; precarious work; qualitative case studies; unions; young workers
Number of pages:31
First page:420
Last Page:450
Organizational units:Wirtschafts- und Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakult├Ąt / Sozialwissenschaften / Fachgruppe Soziologie
DDC classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 30 Sozialwissenschaften, Soziologie