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Quality of working life in the automobile industry: a Canada-UK comparitive study

Lewchuck, W. and Stewart, P. and Yates, C. (2001) Quality of working life in the automobile industry: a Canada-UK comparitive study. New Technology, Work and Employment, 16 (2). pp. 72-87. ISSN 0268-1072

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Abstract

The paper examines the impact of lean production on indicators of the quality of life at work in the automotive industry and finds that it varies across companies and to a lesser extent between countries. The paper explains this by arguing that lean production seeks to impose new employment standards. This is a contested process where management's capacity to shift to new standards and labour's ability to protect its interests vary across workplaces.