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, Vicki Wass
- ISBN: 9780745328676
- Extent: 272pp
- Release Date: 20 Jul 2009
- Size: 215mm x 135mm
- Format: Paperback
- Illustrations: 19 photographs
- Category: Politics
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.
About The Author
Paul Stewart is Professor of the Sociology of Work and Employment at Strathclyde University. He has been researching and writing on the automotive industry for many years and was joint convenor of the Automotive Workers Research Network.
Ken Murphy has worked for General Motors for over twenty years and was joint convenor of the Automotive Workers' Research Network.