Plant closures, precariousness and policy responses:revisiting MG Rover 10 years on


With automotive plants being closed in Australia and western Europe, this article reflects on the employment status of ex-MG Rover (MGR) workers following the closure of the Longbridge plant in 2005. In particular, it draws on Standing's typology of labour market insecurity and uses a mixed-methods approach including an analysis of a longitudinal survey of some 200 ex-MGR workers, and in-depth interviews with ex-workers and policy-makers. While the policy response to the closure saw significant successes in terms of the great majority of workers successfully adjusting into re-employment, and with positive findings in terms of re-training and education, the paper finds significant challenges in terms of security of employment, income, job quality and representation at work years after closure. In particular, the paper posits that the general lack of attention to employment security at the macrolevel effectively undermined elements of a positive policy response over the longer run. This in turn suggests longer-term policy measures are required to address aspects of precariousness at work.

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Divisions: College of Business and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences & Humanities > Aston Centre for Europe
College of Business and Social Sciences > Aston Business School > Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship
Additional Information: © 2015 The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Funding: ESRC (RES-000-22-2478)
Uncontrolled Keywords: deindustrialisation,economic shocks,labour market policy,plant closures,precariousness,Political Science and International Relations
Publication ISSN: 1470-1006
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 07:14
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2015 14:25
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Published Date: 2015
Published Online Date: 2015-09-11
Authors: Bailey, David (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-1956-0556)
de Ruyter, Alex



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