1st Edition

Change in Trade Unions The Development of UK Unions Since the 1960s

    Originally published in 1981, this book explains the factors which precipitated and effected changes in the major dimensions of union activity in Britain since 1960. The authors use a series of comparative case studies to examine change in the government, growth, mergers, character and bargaining structures of British unions. The central theme of the book is that unions are far freer to determine their own behaviour than was commonly supposed. In examining changes in unions, the authors develop concepts and terms which provide new insights into union behaviour.

    1. The Scope and Nature of the Study 2. Methodology and Model 3. Areas of Change 4. Changes in Internal Government 5. Change in Job Territory: Natural Growth 6. Change in Job Territory: Mergers 7. Changes in the Character of Job Regulation 9. The Conditions of Change in Trade Unions.


    Roger Undy was a British industrial relations scholar and academic. Valerie Ellis was Research Associate at the Oxford Centre for Management Studies. W. E. J. McCarthy was a British Labour politician and fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. A. M. Halmos is Visiting Professor in the Policy Institute at King's College, London.

    Review of the original edition of Change in Trade Unions:

    ‘…a valuable source of empirical research for teachers of industrial relations, and a cound of fertile ideas for those seeking analytical understanding.’ New Society.