The New Workplace and Trade Unionism

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Trade unions in Britain have experienced a major decline in membership over the past decade. From being important agents in British society, they are increasingly marginal to political action and work. Major legal and political constraints on their activity, changes in the nature of work and workers, and declining effectiveness have meant that they no longer occupy centre stage as they once did. This book brings together authoritative accounts of the nature and meaning of trade unionism in the workplace today. It...
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Overview

Trade unions in Britain have experienced a major decline in membership over the past decade. From being important agents in British society, they are increasingly marginal to political action and work. Major legal and political constraints on their activity, changes in the nature of work and workers, and declining effectiveness have meant that they no longer occupy centre stage as they once did. This book brings together authoritative accounts of the nature and meaning of trade unionism in the workplace today. It examines the beliefs and practices of union memebers in differing forms of employment, as well as analysing the non-union firm and the issues of collectivism and individualism in these settings. It critically engages with new management philosophies such as HRM, and new union ideas, such as partnership unionism. Based on primary research into the new workplace in today's Britain, this book will be required reading for those wishing to obtain a critical understanding of collectivism in the workplace today. The future strategies of British trade unionism are also examined amid contradictory forces of exclusion, incorporation and renewal. The editors have gathered together contributions from leading academics who have systematically explored the nature of new industrial relations and new management philosophies and trade union responses.
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Table of Contents

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1 Against All Odds? British Trade Unions in the New Workplace 1
2 Individualism and Collectivism and the Changing Role of Trade Unions 41
3 Union Militancy and Social Partnership 77
4 Workplace Trade Unionism in the State Sector 110
5 Empowerment Versus Intensification: Union Perspectives of Change at the Workplace 149
6 'Team Work' on the Assembly Line: Contradiction and the Dynamics of Union Resilience 178
7 The Different Experience of Trade Unionism in Two Japanese Transplants 210
8 Organising the Unorganised: 'Race', Poor Work and Trade Unions 240
9 Power, Surviellance and Resistance: Inside the 'Factory of the Future' 279
10 Inside the Non-Union Firm 301
Index 324
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