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Updated: 2022-05-16

Precarious employment and precarious resistance: “we are people still”

Document type Article
Author Lewchuk, Wayne
Author Dassinger, Janet
Journal Studies in Political Economy
Volume 97
Date 2016 May
ISSN 0707-8552
Pages 143-158


This paper explores worker resistance at the point of production, and how the terrain of workplace control is both different and more ambiguous for workers in precarious employment compared to that of workers in secure employment. For the most part, this is the story of unorganized workers who face their employers without the protection of a formal union. The main focus of this study is the individualized, informal, and under-the-radar strategies that workers employ to shape workplace outcomes, and how these strategies might translate into broader collective action.