Fragmented Staff – Temporary Agency Work and Its Meaning for Staff Relations in Austria
My paper describes the development of temporary agency work and the working conditions of temporary agency workers in Austria and it is concerned with the question what the use of a low secured group of workers (who perform the same tasks but under worse conditions) means for the staff relations in user companies: How does the examined situation affect the permanent workers and their working conditions? What does it mean for the temporary agency workers? And how does it transform the staff as a whole? Methodologically the paper is based on qualitative interviews with workers representatives (N=7), works councilors (N=9), industry representatives (N=5) as well as company staff from two user companies (metal industry in lower Austria; temporary workers and permanent staff; N=18).
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