Straight to the Core — Explaining Union Responses to the Casualization of Work : The IG Metall Campaign for Agency Workers. / Benassi, Chiara; Dorigatti, Lisa.

In: British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, No. 3, 09.2015, p. 533-555.

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Straight to the Core — Explaining Union Responses to the Casualization of Work : The IG Metall Campaign for Agency Workers. / Benassi, Chiara; Dorigatti, Lisa.

In: British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 53, No. 3, 09.2015, p. 533-555.

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Benassi, Chiara ; Dorigatti, Lisa. / Straight to the Core — Explaining Union Responses to the Casualization of Work : The IG Metall Campaign for Agency Workers. In: British Journal of Industrial Relations. 2015 ; Vol. 53, No. 3. pp. 533-555.

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