Introduction to: The Outsourcing Challenge: Organizing Workers Across Fragmented Production Networks

'Introduction' In J. Drahokoupil (ed.) The outsourcing challenge: organizing workers across fragmented production networks. (2015), Brussels: European Trade Union Institute, ISBN 978-2-87452-366-3.

14 Pages Posted: 12 Aug 2015 Last revised: 15 Aug 2015

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Jan Drahokoupil

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES); European Trade Union Institute (ETUI)

Date Written: July 15, 2015

Abstract

Production networks in many sectors have become increasingly fragmented. Cutting labour costs by lowering pay, increasing work intensity and/or shifting flexibility costs to workers are just some of the motivations for outsourcing. But it can also be used to circumvent employee representation and collective bargaining systems within companies, and labour market regulations in general. Though such intentions may not drive the bulk of outsourcing decisions, any change in company boundaries is likely to impact employment, working conditions and industrial relations in the value chain.

This book focuses on the dynamics of outsourcing in Europe from the perspective of employees. In particular, it considers one insufficiently studied aspect: the impact of outsourcing on working conditions and employment relations in companies. The book also collects lessons learned from the efforts of employees and trade unions to shape outsourcing decisions, processes and their impact on employment and working conditions.

Keywords: outsourcing, multinational corporations, working conditions, trade unions

JEL Classification: E24

Suggested Citation

Drahokoupil, Jan, Introduction to: The Outsourcing Challenge: Organizing Workers Across Fragmented Production Networks (July 15, 2015). 'Introduction' In J. Drahokoupil (ed.) The outsourcing challenge: organizing workers across fragmented production networks. (2015), Brussels: European Trade Union Institute, ISBN 978-2-87452-366-3., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2631050

Jan Drahokoupil (Contact Author)

University of Mannheim - Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES) ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

HOME PAGE: http://drahokoupil.blogspot.com

European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) ( email )

B-1210 Brussels
Belgium

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