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Gender, Diversity and Trade Unions

International Perspectives, 1st Edition

Edited by Fiona Colgan, Sue Ledwith


336 pages

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The pressures of globalization and diversity are increasingly requiring organizations to rethink their priorities and methods. In this collection, leading researchers examine the debates and developments on gender, diversity and democracy in trade unions in eleven countries.

Offering an authoritative basis for comparative analysis, this book is essential reading for researchers, teachers, trade unionists and students of industrial relations and equal opportunities, along with all those concerned with ensuring that modern organizations reflect and represent the needs and concerns of a diverse workforce.


'The selection of diverse case studies well approximates the challenge that confronts any project directed to the reform of trade union practice.' - Labour and Industry

Table of Contents

1. Tackling Gender, Diversity and Trade Union Democracy: A World Wide Project 2. The Equity Project in Canadian Unions: Confronting the Challenge of Restructuring and Globalization 3. Learning to Embrace the Differences Within: Class, Gender and Diversity in Sweden's Peak Trade Union Body, the LO 4. Trade Unions, Segmentation and Diversity: the Organising Dilemmas in Malaysia 5. Trade Unions and Women's Autonomy: Organizational Strategies of Women Workers in India 6. From Unintended to Undecided Feminism? Italian Labour's Changing and Singular Ambiguites 7. Changing Gender Relations in German Trade Unions: from 'Workers Patriarchy' to Gender Democracy 8. Gender, Diversity and Mobilization in UK Trade Unions 9. Professional and Highly Qualified Women in Two Contrasting Unions 10. Women in the Labour Movement: Perceptions of Gender Democracy in South African Trade Unions 11. On the Edge of Equality: Working Women and the US Labour Movement 12. Organized Labour and Sexual Diversity Union Activism in Canada 13. Sexual Politics in (Australian) Labour Movements 14. Masculinities and Emotion Work in Trade Unions

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General