Position: PhD student
Department: Work and Employment Relations
Organisation: Leeds University, Business School
The Efficacy of Trade Unions Responses to Non-standard Forms of Employment
Non-standard forms of employment have occupied a growing part of the labour market in both developed and developing countries and were widely discussed in terms of their benefits for employers and their influence on employees. Despite long-standing economic debates contingent work considers as one of the main threats for trade unions development. Globally trade unions in the UK came from exclusion policy for contingent workers to engagement. At the same time unions affiliated with Trade Unions Congress provided different actions in two main dimensions: internal – basically about recruitment policy for contingent workers and their commitment to unions and external - union policy to improve contingent workers welfare and to make insecure forms of employment “more secure” (using such forms as collective bargaining, unilateral regulation, mutual assurance, legal and political actions). The research will be conducted among the UK’s trade unions on the basis of case study unions.
The main aim of the project is to evaluate the effectiveness of trade unions responses to non-standard forms of employment by answering the following questions:
1. How have the UK unions developed their activities in the field of non-standard employment?
2. How do trade unions affect employment conditions for non-standard workers?
3. What specific results were achieved by case study unions in their responses to non-standard forms of employment?
4. What forms of representation were more influential in terms of unionising and labour conditions of contingent workers?