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Outsourcing and employer responsibility - A case study of occupational health and safety in the Danish public transport sector

Reference Hasle P. Outsourcing and employer responsibility - A case study of occupational health and safety in the Danish public transport sector. Relations Industrielles-Industrial Relations 2007;62(1):96-117.
Udgivet: 2007
[Type] Videnskabelig artikel
[Resumé] The Danish slaughterhouse industry is known for its Tayloristic organization of work, poor industrial relations with frequent wild cat strikes, and a hazardous work environment. However, a few slaughterhouses show big differences in sickness absenteeism, labour turnover and frequency of strikes. These slaughterhouses were studied in order to understand the latitude for cooperation and improvement of the psychosocial work environment. The results revealed that three out of four slaughterhouses studied have moved from a culture based on conflicts and opposing interests to a culture based on mutual trust and respect, thus developing social capital. Developing trust between production managers and shop stewards was the key to the new situation. This happened without jeopardizing the traditional roles of management representatives and shop stewards. The study indicates that there are possibilities of improvement of working conditions under a Taylorized regime based on collaboration between local management and workers. An important factor explaining the results is the strong position of the workers and their unions in the slaughterhouse sector and the general acceptance of unions in the Danish society.
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[Oprettet] 01.11.2007
 
Opdateret  01.11.2007
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