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Working for the Union
British Trade Union Officers

Part of Cambridge Studies in Management

  • Date Published: July 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521115407


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  • This book is a study of the relationship between full-time union officials and shop stewards across the whole of British industry (public and private, manufacturing and services) in 1986–91. It is the first major study of union officials for 20 years, and one of the most detailed studies of workplace collective bargaining and union organisation following the recession of the early 1980s. In the wake of recession, union decline, industrial restructuring, anti-union legislation, and changes in union policies (towards a new realism), Britain is said by some commentators to be entering a new era of industrial relations. This book provides a unique body of evidence that throws new light on this claim, and casts serious doubt on its validity. It combines survey, interview, questionnaire and observation data and thus overcomes the well known limitations of both large-scale surveys and individual case studies.

    • Makes extensive use of questionnaire, interview, survey and observation data
    • First-hand observation of collective bargaining between unions and management
    • Unique insights into the internal politics and organisation of trade unions
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521115407
    • length: 248 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 46 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction: trade unions and industrial relations
    2. Theoretical analyses and empirical studies of trade union officers
    Part II. The Parameters of Union Work:
    3. Full-time officer organisation
    4. Employment relations
    5. Work relations
    Part III. The Full-Time Officer at Work:
    6. Organising
    7. Bargaining objectives
    8. The bargaining process
    9. Dealing with managers
    Part IV. Conclusions:
    10. Working for the union.

  • Authors

    John Kelly, London School of Economics and Political Science

    Edmund Heery

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