Globalisation and the Mobility of Work and Workers
Editor: Ursula Huws, Professor of Labour and Globalisation, University of Hertfordshire
Volume 6 , Number 2, (Autumn 2012) of the international interdisciplinary peer reviewed journal: Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation

Globalisation opens up many new choices for employers, both to relocate work and to tap into a flexible labour pool through the use of migrant workers. There is thus a complex interplay between the movement of jobs to people (offshore outsourcing) and the movement of people to jobs (migration).
This collection examines the way that both jobs and workers are becoming more mobile, and looks not only at the implications of this for the careers and conditions of workers in mobile employment but also what it means for the workers who are left behind when global forces snatch away their jobs.
It brings together studies of these impacts on work ranging from 'rooted' manual labour to footloose IT-based service employment, drawing on studies carried out in North and South America, Asia, Eastern and Western Europe. In the process, it produces important new insights into both the barriers to and the enablers of employers' access to a global reserve army of workers.

Bridges and barriers: globalisation and the mobility of work and workers: Ursula Huws
Consent and Content: effects of value chain restructuring on work and conflict in highly skilled workforces: Pamela Meil (Im)mobilising transnational labour? patterns of spatial mobility in Indo-German software companies: Nicole Mayer-Ahuja The emergence of a new medical model: the international division of labour and the formation of an international outsourcing chain in teleradiology: Selma Venco
International sourcing and asymmetry: how Western software entrepreneurs tap and decant Ukrainian engineering skills: Graham Hollinshead and Jane Hardy
The international division of labour, local resources and engineering workers: Eastern Europe in the global networks of the semiconductor Industry: Peter Pawlicki
Exhausted bodies and precious products: women's work in a Special Economic Zone for the electronics industry in Poland: Malgorzata Maciejewska Offshoring Danish jobs to Germany: regional effects and challenges to workers' organisation in the slaughterhouse industry: Bjarke Refslund
Workers, New Orleans, and the global shipbuilding regime: Aaron Schneider
Globalisation as a driver of employment precariousness? the labour market status of UK auto workers four years after plant closure: David Bailey and Alex De Ruyter
Skills that are valued in the knowledge economy: an examination of the experience of French workers in the 2000s: Fabienne Berton

Paperback, Approx. 148 pages, 230 x 155 mm.
ISBN 978 0 85036 636 5