Worker representation and voice across organizational boundaries

Mick Marchington, Jill Rubery, Fang Lee Cooke

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This chapter addresses the concept of worker voice and representation, as well as the forms they take, in the context of inter-organizational relationships. In these situations, we have to rely on alternative and more complex conceptions of employment and organizational relationships that allow for influences from 'non-employers' over the nature of work, as well as focus on the problems workers face in trying to express their voice beyond organizational boundaries. This requires us to examine the ways in which inter-organizational contracting changes existing mechanisms for voice or makes it difficult for some workers to express their opinions. Four cases are considered. Although precise developments in each case differed, depending on the interplay of different forces, the common theme was a reduction in worker voice following changes in contracting arrangements.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFragmenting Work: Blurring Organizational Boundaries and Disordering Hierarchies
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780191698859
ISBN (Print)9780199262236
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Contracting
  • Employment relations
  • Organizational relations
  • Worker representation
  • Worker voice

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