Trade union responses to precarious employment: the role of power resources in defending precarious flight attendants at Ryanair

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Abstract

Drawing on a case study on the civil airline industry in Portugal, this article addresses the impact of precarious employment on trade union action and examines the conditions under which trade unions defend precarious workers’ interests. Using a power-resource theoretical framework, findings in this article highlight that cost-cutting employment practices are used strategically by employers to curb collectivisation and trade unionism. In addition, this article shows that when trade unions engage in an inclusive strategy to defend precarious workers’ interests, the compounded and inter-linked effect of trade union power resources, network embeddedness and international solidarity may be key to achieving success.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)431-445
JournalTransfer: European Review of Labour and Research
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date3 Aug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Employment relations
  • labour outsourcing
  • power resources
  • precarious employment
  • trade unions

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