Collective Bargaining and Gender Equality

Jane Pillinger, Nora Wintour

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ISBN 9781788210768
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192 pages   |  234 x 156mm   |  30 November 2018


"An excellent book ... should be an essential 'handbook' for all trade unionists from the shop floor to the General Secretary, and also for academics and policymakers dealing with gender and work." – Transfer: European Review of Labour and Research


Collective bargaining has been a major force in delivering social justice and decent work in the workplace. However, the role of collective bargaining in achieving gender equality in the workplace is relatively under-researched.

In this book, Jane Pillinger and Nora Wintour investigate the complex and expanding area of collective union action for women’s rights in the workplace. They explore how the feminization of unions in both developing and developed countries is changing bargaining agendas to address such issues as equal pay for work of equal value, work–life balance, maternity and parental leave rights, non-discrimination in access to employment, and the spill-over of domestic violence into the workplace.

The authors examine recent policy developments by the International Labour Organization, the United Nations, and the European Union, alongside many examples of national and industry-specific collective agreements to showcase how collective bargaining can be an effective tool for progressing equality in the workplace.


Foreword by Series Editors
1. Introduction
2. The gender dimensions of collective bargaining
3. Collective bargaining as a tool for gender equality: evidence from across the world
4. Changing employment patterns, precarious and informal work, and the challenge for collective bargaining
5. The global dimension of collective bargaining: the role of global framework agreements in promoting gender equality
6. Conclusion

Author Information

Jane Pillinger is an independent researcher and a former visiting professor in gender studies at the London School of Economics and a senior research fellow in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology at the Open University.

Nora Wintour, a former senior trade union official, is an independent researcher, writer and policy advisor on child labour, women in the informal economy, workers' rights and gender inequality.

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