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Reconstructing SolidarityLabour Unions, Precarious Work, and the Politics of Institutional Change in Europe$
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Virginia Doellgast, Nathan Lillie, and Valeria Pulignano

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198791843

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198791843.001.0001

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Restructuring Labour Relations and Employment in the European Logistics Sector

Restructuring Labour Relations and Employment in the European Logistics Sector

Unions’ Responses to a Segmented Workforce

(p.83) 4 Restructuring Labour Relations and Employment in the European Logistics Sector
Reconstructing Solidarity

Carlotta Benvegnú

Bettina Haidinger

Devi Sacchetto

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This chapter compares union responses and the emergence of workers’ struggles in two segments of the European logistics sector: warehousing in Italy and parcel delivery in Austria. The two case studies show striking similarities both in the management of the supply chain, resulting in highly segmented labour markets, and in the two sub-industries’ exposure to workers’ positional power. Unions’ success and failure to organize workers in logistics supply chains and in the effective adoption of strategies to contest casualization and fragmentation are related to differences in the dominant or competing union structures to incorporate precarious workforce groups, and in building upon inclusive worker solidarity and direct action. In Italy, rank-and-file unions approach workers directly, providing labour law knowledge and militant experiences. In Austria, unions stick to their old recipes of corporatist inclusion, act defensively, and leave precarious workers to their own devices in their struggles.

Keywords:   Logistics, labour struggles, unions, supply chains, outsourcing, industrial relations

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