Flexible production and flexible women: The study of union leader Alice
Heiskanen, Tuula; Lavikka, Riitta (2012)
Gendering and Diversifying Trade Union Leadership
Yhteiskunta- ja kulttuuritieteiden yksikkö - School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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The chapter presents a story of Alice, a sewing machinist and shop steward in a clothing company in Finland. The story takes places in the period when the clothing industry in Finland was facing major adaptation pressures and moved to apply principles of flexible production. The chapter deals with how Alice constructs her role as a union leader. The flexibility challenges required a new type of union representative which Alice tried to implement. Pioneering finally became for Alice a lonely and emotionally strenuous struggle in her attempt to work for the ‘sisters’ and to try to save their jobs.
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