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Trade Unions : Resurgence or Demise? - Sue Fernie

Trade Unions

Resurgence or Demise?

By: Sue Fernie (Editor), David Metcalf (Editor)

Paperback Published: 23rd June 2005
ISBN: 9780415284127
Number Of Pages: 268

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This book features original research underpinned with theory drawn from economics, organization theory, history and social psychology. The authors deliver a comprehensive analysis of trade unions' prospects in the new millennium as well as case studies which deal with topical issues such as:

  • the reasons for the loss of five million members in the 1980s and 1990s

  • the way in which unions' own structures inhibit their revitalization

  • the apparent failure of unions to thrive in the benign times since 1997

  • the extent to which use of the internet will permit unions to break with their tradition of organizing by occupation or industry

  • the prospects for real social partnership at national level

  • the way in which high performance workplaces in the US give voice to workers without unions.

Written by some of the leading scholars in the area, this book gives an insight into union prospects for the future and has important policy implications for all parties concerned with industrial relations, unions, employers and governments.

List of figuresp. xi
List of tablesp. xii
List of contributorsp. xiv
Forewordp. xvi
Acknowledgementsp. xviii
The future of British unions: introduction and conclusionsp. 1
The past: membership and its decline in the 1980s and 1990sp. 1
The future: structures, resources and contextp. 7
Conclusionsp. 15
Markets, firms and unions: a historical-institutionalist perspective on the future of unions in Britainp. 19
Introductionp. 20
A historical-institutionalist perspectivep. 21
Contours of British trade union historyp. 27
A markets and firms interpretationp. 33
Conclusions and future prospects for British trade unionsp. 41
Circling the wagons: endogeneity in union declinep. 45
Introductionp. 45
Ecologyp. 47
Union organizationp. 51
Representationp. 56
Conclusionsp. 59
Social movement theory and union revitalization in Britainp. 62
Introduction: if conditions for union growth have become more favourable then why aren't unions growing?p. 62
Existing approaches to union growthp. 63
Social movement theoryp. 66
Micro-level evidence: muted discontent, tolerable employers, weak and quiescent unionsp. 68
Macro-level evidence: strong and centralized government, weak unionsp. 73
Discussion and conclusionsp. 80
Trade unions: resurgence or perdition? An economic analysisp. 83
Classical and institutional economists, Marx and the Webbsp. 84
Impact of unionsp. 90
Hereafter: resurgence or perdition?p. 107
Summary and conclusionsp. 112
Stocks, flows and steady state union membershipp. 116
Union responses to public-private partnerships in the National Health Servicep. 118
The challenge of PPPs: from CCT to PFIp. 119
The private finance initiativep. 122
Union responses to PFIp. 124
PFI in the political arena: national level responsesp. 125
Labour government policy and the two-tier workforcep. 128
Union responses to PFI in the workplacep. 130
Discussionp. 134
Unions and performance related pay: what chance of a procedural role?p. 138
Introductionp. 138
The 'procedural justice' role: an opportunity for unions?p. 140
Performance related pay for classroom teachers: a new pay systemp. 141
Teachers' perceptions of the new pay system: does procedural justice matter?p. 144
Do teachers see the need for a union role?p. 147
Procedural justice and the unionsp. 148
Changes to the pay system achieved by the unionsp. 154
Conclusionsp. 157
The samplesp. 160
From the Webbs to the Web: the contribution of the Internet to reviving union fortunesp. 162
Union presence in cyberspacep. 163
Innovative uses of the Internetp. 167
Open source union designsp. 178
Conclusionp. 182
The public policy face of trade unionismp. 185
Visionary statementsp. 186
Political rolep. 189
Limitations of voluntarismp. 191
The futurep. 194
Follow the leader: are British trade unions tracking the US decline?p. 199
Introductionp. 200
American trade union organizing trendsp. 201
British organizing trendsp. 203
Comparisons of British and American union wage costs and public policy penaltiesp. 204
Union political contributionsp. 208
Prospects for an American or UK union resurgence?p. 209
Conclusionsp. 211
Trade unions in Germany: on the road to perdition?p. 213
Structure of the labour movement in Germanyp. 214
Membership problemsp. 216
Changes in collective bargainingp. 220
The decentralization of the German system of industrial relationsp. 226
Current problems and new challenges - Germany following the UK?p. 228
Trade union numbers, membership and densityp. 231
Bibliographyp. 240
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ISBN: 9780415284127
ISBN-10: 0415284120
Series: Future of Trade Unions in Britain
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 23rd June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1