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The European Construction Social Partners: Gender Equality in Theory and Practice


Clarke, Linda; Pedersen, Elsebet Frydendal; Michielsens, Elisabeth; Susman, Barbara


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Abstract This article explores the social partners’ role in the gender equality agenda in construction at skilled operative level. It draws on a survey of the European construction social partners that investigated the presence of women in skilled trades and the policies, collective agreements and practices that play a role in women’s integration. The responses indicate that the construction industry still displays inertia and conservatism, and that the social partners corroborate rather than counter this. They express a ‘discourse’ of gender equality, but this does not automatically lead to equal opportunity policies or programmes. The social partners have the platform to make inroads and to change the industry from within, but need further encouragement to put this on their agenda.
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 151-177
Zeitschriftentitel European Journal of Industrial Relations, 11 (2005) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0959680105053961
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)