Lookup NU author(s): Professor Danny MacKinnon
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Trade unions are facing a series of challenges around place-based forms of work in industries such as construction, transport and public services. New spatial strategies by employers involving corporate reorganization, increased outsourcing and the use of migrant labour, allied to a deepening of neoliberal governance processes are accelerating a race to the bottom in wages and conditions. Drawing upon the experience of two recent labour disputes in the UK—at Heathrow Airport and Lindsey Oil Refinery—we explore the potential for workers to intervene in such globalizing processes. We highlight both the ability of grassroots workers to mobilize their own spatial networks but also their limitations in an increasingly hostile neoliberal landscape.
Author(s): Cumbers A, Featherstone D, MacKinnon D, Ince A, Strauss K
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Economic Geography
Print publication date: 01/01/2016
Online publication date: 14/10/2014
Acceptance date: 02/09/2014
ISSN (print): 1468-2702
ISSN (electronic): 1468-2710
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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