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Women, Precarious Work and Care

The Failure of Family-friendly Rights

By Emily Grabham

Published

Sep 21, 2021

Page count

160 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529218718

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 21, 2021

Page count

160 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529218725

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Sep 21, 2021

Page count

160 pages

Series

Law, Society, Policy

ISBN

978-1529218725

Dimensions

203 x 127 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Women, Precarious Work and Care

Most workers on temporary, zero hours and involuntary part-time contracts in the UK are women. Many are also carers. Yet employment law tends to exclude such women from family-friendly rights.

Drawing on interviews with women in precarious work, this book exposes the everyday problems that these workers face balancing work and care. It argues for stronger and more extensive rights that address precarious workers’ distinctive experiences.

Introducing complex legal issues in an accessible way, this crucial text exposes the failures of family-friendly rights and explains how to grant these women effective rights in the wake of COVID-19.

"Emily Grabham’s vivid portrayal of women’s struggle to care for their families and to survive on precarious work offers a fresh and compelling approach to family friendly rights." Judy Fudge, McMaster University

"Taking a feminist approach, this book gives a voice to women who are so often missing from public policy debates reconciling work and family life. Trade unions will find this book invaluable in negotiating stronger family-friendly rights." Ruth Cross, Usdaw

"An essential and accessible read. Grabham’s gendered analysis of living with precarious work challenges family-friendly employment law to reveal the real issues and what needs to be done to fix them." Nicole Busby, University of Glasgow

“Foregrounding women's own voices as they tell their stories, this accessible book illuminates the many difficulties precarious work creates for women. It crucially offers a clear set of achievable, practical steps towards secure, family-friendly work for all workers.” Rebecca Jones, Working Families

Emily Grabham is Professor of Law at the University of Kent with research interests in labour and employment law, law and time, and feminist legal theory.

1. Introduction

2. Starting and Surviving in Precarious Work

3. Providing Care: Daily Routines and Experiences

4. Care Networks

5. “Rocking the Boat”: Talking About Care in a Precarious Job

6. How Employers Responded

7. What Women Did Next

8. Care-Friendly Rights for Precarious Workers

Appendix: How the Research Was Conducted