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Fragmenting WorkBlurring Organizational Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies$
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Mick Marchington, Damien Grimshaw, Jill Rubery, and Hugh Wilmott

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780199262236

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199262236.001.0001

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Prospects for Worker Voice Across Organizational Boundaries

Prospects for Worker Voice Across Organizational Boundaries

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Fragmenting Work

Mick Marchington

Jill Rubery

Fang Lee Cooke

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the concept of worker voice and representation, as well as the forms they take, in the context of inter-organizational relationships. In these situations, we have to rely on alternative and more complex conceptions of employment and organizational relationships that allow for influences from ‘non-employers’ over the nature of work, as well as focus on the problems workers face in trying to express their voice beyond organizational boundaries. This requires us to examine the ways in which inter-organizational contracting changes existing mechanisms for voice or makes it difficult for some workers to express their opinions. Four cases are considered. Although precise developments in each case differed, depending on the interplay of different forces, the common theme was a reduction in worker voice following changes in contracting arrangements.

Keywords:   worker voice, worker representation, employment relations, organizational relations, contracting

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