The politics of flexibility : Employment practices in automotive multinationals in Central and Eastern Europe

Drahokoupil, Jan ; Myant, Martin ; Domonkos, Stefan

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: European Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume: 21
Issue number: 3
Page range: 223-240
Place of publication: London [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Publ.
ISSN: 0959-6801 ; 1461-7129
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department A
Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Graduate School of Economic and Social Sciences- CDSS (Social Sciences)
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: In this article we investigate the flexibility strategies of foreign automobile producers in three Central and Eastern Europe countries, where employment flexibility has become a major issue and an area of conflict with unions. We focus on nine subsidiaries in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, and argue that flexibility strategies were shaped by parent company practices, the flexibility needs of individual affiliates and the relative strength of labour in negotiating the implementation of these practices. Given the relatively weak industrial relations institutions in the region, the relative strength of labour is conditioned primarily by market factors and parent company contexts. The findings thus highlight the importance of political resources and agency of actors in shaping employment policies.

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