European Urban Public Transport: Towards a single European employment model?
Item Type:Journal Article
Citation:James Wickham and Erik Latniak, European Urban Public Transport: Towards a single European employment model?, Work Organisation, Labour and Globalisation, 4, 1, 2010, 160 - 174
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Publicly owned public transport contributed to the distinctive character of 20th century European cities. Today however the sector is being opened to various forms of competition. Using a comparative study of urban public transport in six European countries, the paper traces the emergence of a new European mode of regulation for the sector. This new framework has not however always led to a deterioration in wages or working conditions, since national employment systems remain important. Change has often been justified as leading to improved service quality: traditional public sector employment, above all job security, was seen as contributing to bad service for passengers. Our study however finds no such simple link ? either negative or positive - between the quality of service and the nature of employment.
Author: WICKHAM, JAMES JOHN RUFUS
Type of material:Journal Article
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