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Trade union responses to workplace restructuring: exploring union orientations and actions

Bacon, Nicolas and Blyton, Paul Robert 2004. Trade union responses to workplace restructuring: exploring union orientations and actions. Work, Employment and Society 18 (4) , pp. 749-773. 10.1177/0950017004047962

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Abstract

In this article we identify four distinct types of union responses to workplace restructuring on the basis of different combinations of ideological orientations and actions in collective bargaining. Four union branches are described, each making one of these different types of response when required to negotiate the introduction of teamworking in two steel plants. We report a wide variation in the subsequent outcomes from teamworking for management and workers in each department according to union response. However, no single type of response optimized all types of outcomes, suggesting union strategies involve important and purposeful trade-offs in outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bargaining; militancy; moderation; negotiations; trade unions
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0950-0170
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:40
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/42655

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