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Occupation as resistance: The case of worker sit-ins in the Irish Republic

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Show simple item record Cullinane, Niall en Dundon, Tony en 2011-07-28T10:25:59Z en 2011-07-28T10:25:59Z en 2010-06 en
dc.identifier.citation N. Cullinane and T. Dundon, 2010, Occupation as resistance: The case of worker sit-ins in the Irish Republic, paper presented to the International Industrial Relations Association Conference (IIRA), Copenhagen, 28 th - 30 th June. en
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dc.description.abstract Replicating global trends, the Irish Republic has been mired in a deepening fiscal and economic crisis since 2008. At workplace level there has been a steady increase in cash-strapped firms forced to restructure and/or close operations. Consequently, a number of employers have imposed redundancy, often without negotiation, and based on minimum statutory entitlements. In reply, worker mobilization has increased in both a scale and form not seen in the Irish Republic for some decades. Specifically, small numbers of employees have responded through the deployment of direct action with sit-ins and mass occupations of company premises. This paper outlines the context, form and trajectory of worker occupations as a tactical response to organizational restructuring and financial crisis management using a case study of three Irish occupations in 2009. The analysis will examine the antecedent influences and factors surrounding the phenomenon of worker sit-ins as well as points of comparison and difference in respective cases. Finally, examining disputes where sit-ins have been deployed, the paper seeks to evaluate its capacity for securing workers' concerns in countering the threat of redundancy en
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dc.publisher International Industrial Relations Association (IIRA) en
dc.subject Conflict en
dc.subject Resistance en
dc.subject Industrial Relations en
dc.subject Trade Unions en
dc.subject Sit-Ins en
dc.subject J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics en
dc.title Occupation as resistance: The case of worker sit-ins in the Irish Republic en
dc.type Conference Paper en
dc.description.peer-reviewed peer-reviewed en

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