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Seizing an opportunity? Union organizing campaigns in Britain, 1998-2004

Heery, Edmund James and Simms, Melanie 2011. Seizing an opportunity? Union organizing campaigns in Britain, 1998-2004. Labor History 52 (1) , pp. 23-47. 10.1080/0023656X.2011.545201

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Abstract

The Employment Relations Act 1999 seemingly presented UK unions with an opportunity to reverse their long-term decline in membership. This article examines union responses to this change and uses original survey evidence to investigate union organizing campaigns. It explores the targeting, resourcing, objectives, methods and employer responses to union organizing activity in the UK between 1998 and 2004. The evidence indicates a complex pattern, in which experimentation with new methods and organizing to increase the diversity of union membership are balanced by conservatism in the selection of targets and the allocation of only modest resources to the task of union renewal.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D839 Post-war History, 1945 on
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0023-656X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:21
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/20051

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