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89) . 89) . 89) . The point is a simple one : that flexibility is being established on capital's terms . Flexibility, therefore is part of the problem, not the answer . The significance of the flexible specialisation thesis lies in its attempt to dispense with class struggle - both as a cause of the crisis and as a response to it . As the preceding Workplace flexibility paragraphs showed, attempts to establish firm-based co- operative industrial relations and new institutions of corporatism are irrelevant so long as the power of multinational corporations to relocate at will and to negotiate flexibility from a position of historic strength remain unchallenged .

E . the centrality of labour in political life) have not been subject to the same levels of political attack as have been the case in, say, the UK and us . g . Wainwright, 1987) . Workplace flexibility in the UK The purpose of this section is to examine recent changes in the organisation of work and production in the UK . Within the broader context of this paper this is important because in various ways the experiences of countries such as Japan and concepts such as flexible specialisation have been used to explain the performance of the UK economy .

In practice, and contrary to a widespread myth, quality circles are less concerned with product than with process innovations, principally the elimination of wasteful activities . , 1985 : 128) . At Nissan's UK manufacturing facility in Tyne and Wear, a system of `neighbourhood checks' are used to enforce total quality control . , 1989) . In Japan, line foremen and even quality circle members can receive training in method study techniques . The elimination of buffers (described earlier) and the principle of making visible all waste, especially wasteful labour, places extraordinary pressure on workers to comply in the rationalisation production .

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