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Union Organization and Activity

ISBN 9780415287395
Published August 31, 2004 by Routledge
204 Pages

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Book Description

This, the second book in the innovative The Future of Trade Unions in Britain series, features substantial and original research on union strategies. It offers readers a detailed analysis of the opportunities and problems faced by unions in using the new trade union recognition law, and will enrich policy debates with much needed evidence. It covers topics such as:

  • organizing campaigns across different sectors and their relative successes and failures
  • the TUC's Organizing Academy
  • public sector unions strategies including the use of partnership agreements
  • the structure of trade unionism as a potential barrier to union revitalization
  • costs and benefits for employers of recognizing unions.

Written by the key thinkers in the field of industrial relations, it highlights the conditions under which organizing and partnership are likely to appeal to union members and employers and thus it has important policy implications for all parties concerned with industrial relations; unions, employers and governments.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Union Mobilization and Employer Counter-Mobilization in the Statutory Recognition Process 3. Union Organizing 4. Equity and Representation in the New Economy 5. Union Structure 6. Public Sector Unionism in a Restructured Public Sector: Challenges and prospects 7. Labour-Management Partnership in the UK Public Sector 8. The End of the Affair? The Decline in Employers' Propensity to Unionize  9. Beyond New Unionism 10. Conclusions. Bibliography

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