Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745328676 Published September 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745328683 Published September 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

We Sell Our Time No More: Workers' Struggles Against Lean Production in the British Car Industry

Paul Stewart, Mike Richardson, Andy Danford, Ken Murphy, Tony Richardson, and Vicki Wass

We Sell Our Time No More: Workers' Struggles Against Lean Production in the British Car Industry

Paul Stewart, Mike Richardson, Andy Danford, Ken Murphy, Tony Richardson, and Vicki Wass

Distributed for Pluto Press

272 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $40.00 ISBN: 9780745328676 Published September 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $100.00 ISBN: 9780745328683 Published September 2009 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

This is the story of  struggles against management regimes in the car industry in Britain from the period after the Second World War until the contemporary regime of lean production.  

Told from the viewpoint of the workers, the book chronicles how workers responded to a variety of management and union strategies, from piece rate working, through measured day work, and eventually to lean production beginning in the late 1980s.  

The book focuses on two companies, Vauxhall-GM and Rover/BMW, and how they developed their approaches to managing labour relations. Worker responses to these are intimately tied to changing patterns of exploitation in the industry. The book highlights the relative success of various forms of struggle to establish safer and more humane working environments.  

The contributors bring together original research gathered over two decades, plus exclusive surveys of workers in four automotive final assembly plants over a ten year period.

Contents

Foreword
1 Understanding the Lean Automobile Industry
2 The Pre-history of Lean Production: Employee Relations in the British Automobile Industry since the Second World War
3 From 'Embrace and Change' to 'Engage and Change': Trade union renewal and new management strategies
4 Striking Smarter and Harder: the new industrial relations of lean production? The 1995-96 Vauxhall Dispute
5 Abridged version of a roundtable discussion on lean production (The 'Sandcastle' Liverpool TGWU office)
6 Rover-BMW: From Rover Tomorrow to the Longbridge closure and the bitter fruits of Lean Production
7 Lean Production: From 'Engage and Change' to Endless Change
Conclusion
Appendices - workplace surveys
References
Index

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