Restructuring and the Casualisation of Employment
Work, Organisation, Labour and Globalisation
Volume 5, Number 1, 2011

Casual labour is often thought of as a hangover from the bad old days, when agricultural workers were hired by the day, homeworkers slaved hidden away in back rooms and street vendors eked out a living in urban slums. Modernisation, new technology, industrialisation and economic development, it might be thought, are doing away with such primitive conditions.
Unfortunately, as this volume shows, this is far from being the case. In fact the logic of financialisation and the restructuring of global corporations is leading in precisely the opposite direction, with new forms of casualisation taking place right within the heart of the 'formal' sector, in both developed and developing countries, driven by the pressures of competition in a global economy,
This important collection brings together new theoretical insights into the dynamics of the new casualisation of employment, as well as presenting empirical evidence of its spread from Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

* Passing the buck: corporate restructuring and the casualisation of employment by Ursula Huws
* Transnational corporations as financial groups by Claude Serfati
* 'Everywhere in chains': Work, commodity chain analysis, and the subversion of accountability by James Lawson
* Informalisation and the social relations of production: Insights from urban Karnataka, 1990-2005 by Thomas Barnes
* Skirting Regulation? Trade Liberalisation, Retailers and the Informalisation of South Africa's Clothing industry by Marlea Clarke and Shane Godfrey
* Labour makeup: a case study of 800,000 cosmetics resellers in Brazil by Ludmila Costhek Abilio
* Temporary agency work in the Finnish health care sector: Greater flexibility and freedom in the workplace? by Hannele Palukka and Tiina Tiilikka
* Work discipline and corporate training in modernising large companies in Argentina by Claudia Figari * Freeze-dried flexibility: a new morphology of labour, casualisation and value by Ricardo Antunes
* The restructuring of labour in Brazil in the 2000s: flexible work and the precarisation of working life by Giovanni Alves
* Review: recent publications on precarious work by Keith Randle

ISBN. 978-0-85036-653-2
2011, 230 x 155 mm. approx. 148 pages

Published by Merlin Press in association with Analytica Publications