This book, first published in 1994, explores the impact of work and gender roles on union activism, and identifies factors that support and hinder women’s representation in trade unions. These issues are discussed in terms of gender role, work-related and union-related factors. The author details what trade unionists are doing to challenge inequalities that still exist, and identifies factors that divide and unite men and women within trade unions. The author shows the impact that feminism has had on the trade union movement and explores the extent to which men and women have similar priorities for collective bargaining.
1. Introduction 2. Gender, Work and Union Activism 3. Background to the Study 4. Shop Steward Activism and Occupational Position 5. Gender and Union Office-Holding 6. Gender, Collective Bargaining and Union Policy Issues 7. Conclusion