Relaunching collective bargaining coverage in outsourced services in the UK

An analysis of outsourcing in the adult home care and prison service sector Chair: Ingrid Artus

Bernd Brandl, Durham University Business School
Anne Kildunne, University of York

In this paper we analyse outsourcing in the UK and its’ consequences for the coverage of employees by a collective agreement in two sectors, prisons and adult social care. The selected sectors are typically affected and characterized by outsourcing activities and exemplify the phenomenon well and thus help us to understand how collective bargaining in the UK has been affected by outsourcing and how social partners address and confront its decline.