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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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The Political Economy of Agency Work in Italy and Germany

The Political Economy of Agency Work in Italy and Germany

Explaining Diverging Trajectories in Collective Bargaining Outcomes

(p.124) 6 The Political Economy of Agency Work in Italy and Germany
Reconstructing Solidarity

Chiara Benassi

Lisa Dorigatti

Oxford University Press

This chapter investigates the diverging trajectories in collective bargaining outcomes on agency work in the German and Italian metal sector. It finds that bargaining outcomes have improved in Germany in regard to working conditions, prospects for being hired, and limitations to the use of agency work (2003–15), while they have progressively worsened in Italy (1998–2015). The explanation suggests that in both cases the deregulation of agency work allowed employers to exploit labour divides, preventing worker representatives from forming a united front in order to negotiate effectively. However, the campaign for agency workers by the German metal union shows that divides can be overcome and a united labour movement can successfully regulate precarious work.

Keywords:   agency work, collective bargaining, metal, Germany, Italy, divides, campaign, liberalization

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