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Temporary work, agencies, and unfree labor; insecurity in the new world of work.


Temporary work, agencies, and unfree labor; insecurity in the new world of work.

Ed. by Judy Fudge and Kendra Strauss.



217 pages



Routledge studies in employment and work relations in context; 11


It is supposed to be the freest labor in the world. The worker picks ad chooses the type of labor he or she want to provide, and to some extent, the hours, compensation, and duration of employment. This would be true, if the worker had any other option than to take temporary labor, or had access to labor organizations such as unions. These nine articles examine the true nature of temporary work around the world, particularly where the temporary ways of the worklife (no benefits, little accommodation) are hurtful to the workers. Topics include insecurity in the new world of work, temporary staffing in a volatile economy, regulation in the European Union, placing Filipino caregivers in Canadian homes, the creation of distinctive national temporary staffing markets, the persistence of unfree labor in South Africa and Namibia, the emerging temporary worker market in China, the regulation of unfree temporary work in the UK, and leased labor and the erosion of workers' protection in Quebec.

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Title Annotation:Routledge Studies in Employment and Work Relations in Context, 11
Publication:Reference & Research Book News
Article Type:Book review
Date:Oct 1, 2013
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