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PART V: Fighting Outsourcing and Precarious Work: The First Steps

PART V: Fighting Outsourcing and Precarious Work: The First Steps

PART V: Fighting Outsourcing and Precarious Work: The First

48 PART V Fighting Outsourcing and Precarious Work: The First Steps In the previous parts of this manual we looked at the various forms of precarious work and how they weaken union organization in the workplace. We’ve also given examples of successful union organizing, campaigns and negotiations to stop, limit, and reverse outsourcing and other precarious forms of work. All these examples show that we cannot rely on a “wait and see” approach. Experience shows that by the time it becomes obvious that there is a real problem, a lot of damage has already been done. Many unions have found that it is better to stop it right away than to fight the consequences later. As we have already seen, a primary aim of precarious employment is to reduce union membership and undermine the union’s collective bargaining power. So if precarious employment is allowed to grow while unions “wait and see”, then by the time they decide to take action they may find that their bargaining power has been significantly diminished along with union membership. Unions must act at the first sign of precarious employment being introduced into the workplace. The time for action is now! In this section, we give some practical tips on how to proceed when your union wants to take up the fight against outsourcing. Drawing on the experience of different unions, we look at some of the questions you’ll be asked and the arguments you can use to convince people of the need to tackle the problem, the kinds of information you’ll need to collect to prepare your strategy, ideas on how to get your members involved, choices on strategy and activities and a checklist to analyze your union’s capacity to effectively mobilize around the issue. IUF

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