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Precarious employment and EU employment regulation

O'Connor, Julia S (2013) Precarious employment and EU employment regulation. In: Social Policy Review 25. (Eds: Ramia, Gaby, Farnsworth, Kevin and Irving, Zoe), Policy Press, Bristol, UK, pp. 227-248. ISBN 978 1 44731 274 1 [Book section]

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This chapter situates precarious employment within the employment spectrum and argues that non-standard employment is not a homogeneous category in terms of employment characteristics and workers’ rights and security. It identifies a combination of elements that characterise precarious employment and mean that it can have pervasive negative consequences for individuals. An analysis of the scope and coverage of EU employment regulation of non-standard employment demonstrates that EU Directives do not afford protection to most individuals in precarious employment. These workers are not likely to be in a position to vindicate the formal rights afforded by such regulation, and many are in forms of employment not explicitly targeted by EU employment regulation. The chapter concludes that precarious employment is a significant potential, and unequally shared, risk of flexibility strategies, and a commitment to combine security with flexibility, that is ‘flexicurity’ in EU labour market discourse, does not obviate this risk.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:Precarious employment, non-standard employment, employment regulation, EU Directives, flexibility, ‘flexicurity’
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy
Faculty of Social Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute for Research in Social Sciences > Social Work & Social Policy
Institute for Research in Social Sciences
ID Code:26895
Deposited By: Professor Julia S O'Connor
Deposited On:19 Nov 2013 09:35
Last Modified:19 Nov 2013 09:35

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