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There seems to be considerable disorientation – caused not only by the insecure situation itself but also by a lack of information on the part of the management. This deteriorates the situation of the individuals who mostly report of a number of health complaints or at least of negative effects on their general well-being. 4 Collective action The predominant attitude of the workers could be summarised as individualisation: insecurity was dealt with on an individual level. Through increased commitment, people tried to prevent dismissal – others reacted with apathy and withdrawal.

That would definitely be noticed” (GER-IJ-20; 144-145; see National Report Germany). A notable decrease in cases of sickness is reported5. All in all, insufficient information leads to a worsening of the workplace atmosphere and to increased anxiety among colleagues. The motivation of the affected employees strongly suffers from the tense atmosphere; a previously high degree of job orientation tips in favour of 5 As will be illustrated in the following paragraphs, Germany forms an exception in this respect.

There were, however, considerable differences depending on the sector of business. The tertiary sector, for example (esp. the area of telecommunication), was effected either by privatisation or by mergers. In this sector, restructuring mainly aims at making the workforce more flexible by increasing the proportion of temporary workers and decreasing the number of permanently contracted workers (see National Report Spain). The majority of people interviewed who worked in this sector (private education, advertising, post office and public administration) had temporary contracts and tended to have a feeling of job insecurity which was very personal and not collective.

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