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Social Policy Review 25Analysis and debate in social policy, 2013$
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Gaby Ramia, Kevin Farnsworth, and Zoe Irving

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447312741

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.001.0001

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Precarious employment and EU employment regulation

Precarious employment and EU employment regulation

Chapter:
(p.227) Twelve Precarious employment and EU employment regulation
Source:
Social Policy Review 25
Author(s):

Julia S. O'Connor

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447312741.003.0012

One of the differences between the unemployment in the recessions of the 1980s and now is that there was a much clearer distinction then between being ‘in’ and ‘out’ of work. Julia S. O’Connor's chapter is concerned with the space between these two points, occupied by the flexible and insecure forms of employment that have emerged in deindustrialising economies and become a component of the European growth strategy. Having explored the forms of precarious employment, and further dimensions to precarity, the chapter assesses the extent to which the existing regulation of non-standard employment at the EU level provides any security for those involved in precarious work. The conclusions are not encouraging for the protection of precarious workers and a clear association between precarity in employment and existing lack of power in the labour market is identified. Thus, women, young people and migrant workers are all disproportionately represented in the most precarious forms of employment, patterns of social division that are present in the concerns of all the chapters in this section.

Keywords:   Deindustrialising economies, European growth strategy, Precarious employment, EU employment regulation, Power, Labour market, Women, Young people, Migrant workers

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