Young people, precarious work and trade unionism

Last updated, 26 Jan 2014
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mini-conference at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics
Northwestern University and University of Chicago, USA
10/07/2014 to 12/07/2014

We invite abstracts on the topic of Young People, Precarious Work and Trade Unionism for a mini-conference at the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Advancement of Socio-Economics, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.

The transition of young people into employment is fraught with considerable difficulties in finding stable and well-paid employment when compared to older workers. Young workers have been particularly affected by the wider changes in global economic conditions, as such changes have seen an increase in employee insecurity and instability. Low-paid, low-status and insecure work is predominantly carried out by young workers and as the position of young workers in the labour market is increasingly precarious, one may expect them to join unions for protection. However, with trade union membership in a state of flux, it is important to assess union strategies to engage with and recruit young precarious workers.

We welcome submissions from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives such as sociology, economics, employment relations, public policy and law on the following themes:

·         The way in which young people are affected by precarious employment across different nations, regions and sectors.
·         The roles of different labour market institutions in enabling and/or preventing precarious work.
·         Trade union responses to the rise in precarious employment particularly amongst young people.
·         Trade union engagement with young people and youth issues more generally.

Please visit the SASE website for more information about the meeting and to submit your abstract via the online system. The deadline for extended abstract submissions of 1,000 words is the 20th January 2014. Candidates will be notified by February 17, 2014. Each panel will have a discussant, meaning that selected participants must submit a full paper in advance, by 1st June 2014. For any informal enquiries please contact Andy Hodder ( or Lefteris Kretsos ( The session organizers will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the mini-conference and meeting. For more information, please see the conference website: