Precarious Work: How temporary jobs and subcontracting undermine women, migrants, and all workers’ rights to decent work worldwide

International Labor Rights Forum

Abstract

Employers around the world are creating precarious forms of work to destroy unions, cut labor costs and avoid being held responsible for their own employees. Precarious work is created when permanent, regular jobs are replaced by subcontracted labor and temporary, short-term jobs. Workers around the world are uniting to bring back decent jobs. This document addresses cases of contractual work in Coca-Cola’s Colombia plant, Lipton’s Pakistan factory, and Nicaraguans working in Costa Rican pineapple fields as well as what workers are doing to resist outsourcing.