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You’ve just cursed us : precarity, austerity and worker participation in the nonprofit social services

Cunningham, Ian and Baines, Donna and Shields, John (2017) You’ve just cursed us : precarity, austerity and worker participation in the nonprofit social services. Industrial Relations/Relations Industrielles, 72 (2). pp. 370-393. ISSN 0034-379X (In Press)

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Abstract

The article utilizes qualitative data from two Canadian case studies to address this issue. The two cases reveal that market-embracing austerity is driving the erosion of workplace participation, both in terms of the level of control workers exercise over their day-to-day task and representative security. The article is divided into four sections. The first provides a literature that begins with outlining the impact of austerity in the NPSS sector, followed by prospects for employee participation among the Canadian/Ontario NPSS organisations in this context, and research questions. The next section outlines the study’s method, followed by the findings, discussion and concluding sections.