Women production workers' introduction into a Norwegian Shipyard 1965–1989

Croucher, Richard and Okland, Gunnar Magne (2019) Women production workers' introduction into a Norwegian Shipyard 1965–1989. Business History . ISSN 0007-6791 (Published online first) (doi:10.1080/00076791.2019.1642327)

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Abstract

We investigate women’s introduction to skilled production jobs in Norway’s largest shipyard, 1965-80, estimating the experiment’s success. We analyze the difficulties experienced in adapting working conditions and culture to the women entrants, using a theoretical industrial relations/occupational health and safety lens. Working conditions resulted in considerable occupational illness among the women. Job tenure was therefore short, helping sustain an intra-occupational gender pay gap. A management-union alliance established and maintained women’s ‘reserve’ and ‘helper’ statuses. Women’s collective voice was highly circumscribed. Our evidence supports previous arguments that social and industrial relations configurations were among Norwegian yards’ problems in responding to powerful global competitive pressures. However, we argue that management-union cooperation, rather than conflict, underlay this experiment’s limited success.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 26922
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Business History on 30/07/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00076791.2019.1642327
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Depositing User: Mark Houssart
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2019 09:10
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2019 11:29
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/26922

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