Re-dividing Labour: Factory Politics and Work Reorganisation in the Current Industrial Transition

Part of the Explorations in Sociology book series (EIS)


It is a commonplace assumption that the deepening of the recession and the changed political climate of the 1980s have enabled British manufacturing managements to reorganise both production work and their companies’ industrial relations. Considerable, though eclectic evidence and commentary, suggests that occupational groups and their unionised representation are in the process of re-division as job definitions and terms of employment change and managers exercise rediscovered powers (Hyman and Elger, 1981; Lloyd, 1984(a); Carr, 1984; Mulhearn, 1984). Moreover change, according to some observers, has been facilitated because rank and file militancy has been replaced by ‘new realism in attitudes that recognises the legitimacy of managerial objectives and either supports or accept them (Lowry, 1982; Edmonds, 1984; Elliott, 1981; Lane, 1982).


Collective Bargaining Work Role Industrial Relation Work Organisation Union Representative 
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