New Article from Professor Ian Clark

Centre member Professor Ian Clark recently published a follow-up article to the highly cited article on the implications of private Equity ownership for employees at the Automobile Association in the Industrial Relations Journal.

The article presents a theoretically informed case study of the effects of financialization at the workplace. It focuses in particular on trade union de-recognition and trade union recognition in the furtherance of ownership interests. The article reports on the continued diffusion of investor-owner interests under the private equity business model which has recently witnessed the AA re-listed on the stock market. It addresses two research questions. One, how are investor-owner interests secured by trade union de-recognition and re-recognition? Two, how and why, as a de-recognised trade union, does the GMB continue to campaign for and represent GMB members in the AA when the IDU, (the independent democratic union) has sole recognition at the firm?

The full article will appear on early view in the IJR in the near future.

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