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Partnership versus organising: alternative futures for British trade unionism

Heery, Edmund James 2002. Partnership versus organising: alternative futures for British trade unionism. Industrial Relations Journal 33 (1) , pp. 20-35. 10.1111/1468-2338.00217

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Sets out the two main strategies that have been proposed as the means for renewing UK trade unionism - partnership with employers to gain a recognized place within the organization and opportunities to recruit and represent members; and organizing which aims to strengthen the union by recruiting and organizing to strengthen collective organization within a firm. Reviews these two strategies using the framework developed by Hyman, which focuses on three fundamental questions concerning the interests the union represents - who does it represent, what are the objectives and how does it achieve them. Based on this, examines the activities undertaken under each strategy, how these are selected and the constraints that they face. Points out that both of the two strategies have been embraced by unions and assesses if they can be combined into a single strategy for renewal. Concludes that they can and considers how this could be made to work in practice.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Uncontrolled Keywords: Industrial Relations; Recruitment; Strategy; Trade Unions; United Kingdom
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0019-8692
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:34

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