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Title: Strikes and Austerity in Portugal: Perspectives, Expression and Recomposition
Authors: Costa, Hermes Augusto 
Dias, Hugo 
Soeiro, José 
Keywords: Austerity; Workers’ rights; Strikes; Labour market; Precarious employment
Issue Date: Oct-2015
Publisher: Centro de Estudos Sociais
Serial title, monograph or event: RCCS Annual Review
Issue: 7
Place of publication or event: Coimbra
Abstract: Against the background of worsening employment conditions and increasing imbalances in labour relations, this text discusses the importance of the strike phenomenon in the context of austerity. The first section presents some sociological perspectives on strikes, specifically those relating to notions of democracy and socio-legal regulation, ideology/ies and tensions between collective and individual action, issues of scale and controversies, and timing and outcomes. The second part adopts a quantitative approach and seeks to determine whether the theoretical potential for conflict can be verified in concrete terms. Finally, it discusses the experience of a strike by workers in a specific precarious sector (employees at the “Saúde 24” medical helpline), which provides scope for an assessment of the challenges facing trade union activity and reflections on new ways of organising social conflict.
ISSN: 1647-3175
Other Identifiers: 10.4000/rccsar.596
DOI: 10.4000/rccsar.596
Rights: openAccess
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