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Globalization and trade union strategy: industrial restructuring and human resource management in the international civil aviation industry

Blyton, Paul Robert, Martinez Lucio, Miguel, McGurk, John Patrick and Turnbull, Peter John 2001. Globalization and trade union strategy: industrial restructuring and human resource management in the international civil aviation industry. International Journal of Human Resource Management 12 (3) , pp. 445-463. 10.1080/09585190122137

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Abstract

For trade unions, the central problematic of globalization is the growing disparity between the mobility of capital and labour. The ability of capital to operate on a trans-national basis is widely perceived to have precipitated a process of cost cutting as international companies seek to cut workers' remuneration and other conditions of employment. However, systematic empirical evidence on the impact of globalization on human resource management is hard to find, as is any assessment of the differential impact of globalization on different occupational groups or the response of trade unions to any deterioration in their members' terms and conditions of employment. Focusing on the international civil aviation industry, we examine the effects of globalization on human resource management and the national and international strategies developed by organized labour in response. Although the evidence suggests that there is indeed a concerted effort by major airlines to cut costs, trade unions have been able to retard the pace of change and effectively defend the interests of some occupational groups. Moreover, the future course of globalization will be contested through new international strategies and repertoires of collective action developed by the trade union movement.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trade; Union; Strategy; Civil; Aviation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0958-5192
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:47
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2669

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