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‘The only way is Essex’: Gender, union and mobilisation among fire service control room staff

‘The only way is Essex’: Gender, union and mobilisation among fire service control room staff

Hudson, Lynne, Moore, Sian, Tainsh, Kate, Taylor, Phil and Wright, Tessa (2017) ‘The only way is Essex’: Gender, union and mobilisation among fire service control room staff. Work, employment and society, 33 (1). pp. 162-173. ISSN 0950-0170 (Print), 1469-8722 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0950017017728613)

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Abstract

This contribution to On the Front Line records a dialogue between two female Fire Brigades Union (FBU) representatives in the Essex Emergency Control Room who led industrial action over the imposition of a shift system that stretched their work–life balance to breaking point and constrained their ability to work full-time. Their testimony reveals how male members were mobilised in the interests of predominantly female control staff. Kate and Lynne’s discussion illuminates the interaction of gender and class interests and identities in the union and in the lives of its women members. It provides insight into the efficacy of trade unions for women’s collective action.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gender, Identity, Industrial action, Strikes, Trade unions, Work–life balance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2019 11:43
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/17845

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