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Jack Leung

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Transcript of Deskilling

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Images from Shutterstock.com Background Agreements: Linotype Method V.S. Electronic Method Marx:
Machines would remove the need for skilled labour
In a de-skilled workforce, cheaper labour is employed Marx & Braverman
Reduction in staffing levels and deskilling Analysis January, 1986
News International
(parent of Times Newspapers and News Group Newspapers, and chaired by Rupert Murdoch)
New agreement at new plat in Wapping, London Background Wapping Dispute Collapse Long dispute
The Times stopped publishing for a year
Employers won
Printers replaced by electricians 6,000 employees went on strike
Workforce were replaced by members of the EETPU in the Wapping plant
Thatcher government allowed employers to de-recognise union Start Technological change Lack of solidarity and co-operation between rival unions Gallie:
not De-skilling but Up-skilling
Old skills are lost, new skills are gained
Computer keyboard replaces the typewriter Solution Deskilling Definition
Case study
Impact Flexible working A no-strike clause The adoption of new technology The end of the closed shop
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