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Contemporary workplace occupations in Britain: Motivations, stimuli, dynamics and outcomes

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  • 904553

    Accepted author manuscript, 490 KB, PDF document

  • Gregor Gall
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)607-623
Number of pages17
JournalEmployee Relations
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2011


Purpose: This paper aims to examine the more militant response of a minority of workers to collective redundancy and restructuring in Britain since 2007. Design/methodology/approach: The paper deploys secondary sources to develop a series of grounded micro-factors to help explain the presence and absence of the deployment of the occupation tactic. Findings: Some headway is made in explaining why only a limited number of occupations took place against redundancy and restructuring. Practical implications: The method of occupation was not shown to be as effective as might have been thought in opposing redundancies. Social implications: These concern union strategies and tactics for resistance to redundancy and restructuring. Originality/value: The paper provides a grounded explanation of the phenomenon and incidence of worker occupations against collective redundancy and closure.

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