Globalisation, the shift from manufacturing to services as a source of employment, and the spread of information-based systems
and technologies have given birth to a new economy, which emphasises flexibility in the labour market and in employment relations.
These changes have led to the erosion of the standard (industrial) employment relationship and an increase in precarious work
- work which is poorly paid and insecure. Women perform a disproportionate amount of precarious work. This collection of original
essays by leading scholars on labour law and women's work explores the relationship between precarious work and gender, and
evaluates the extent to which the growth and spread of precarious work challenges traditional norms of labour law and conventional
forms of legal regulation.The book provides a comparative perspective by furnishing case studies from Australia, Canada, the
Netherlands, Quebec, Sweden, the UK, and the US, as well as the international and supranational context through essays that
focus on the IMF, the ILO, and the EU.
Common themes and concepts thread throughout the essays, which grapple with the
legal and public policy challenges posed by women's precarious work.