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This comprehensive survey of continuity and change in trade unions looks at five primarily English-speaking countries: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The authors consider the recent re-examination by trade union movements of the basis of union organization and activity in the face of a harsher economic and political climate. One of the impetuses for this re-examination has been the recent history of unions in the USA. American models of renewal have inspired Australia, New Zealand and the UK,...

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Trade Unions in Renewal: A Comparative Study

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Overview

This comprehensive survey of continuity and change in trade unions looks at five primarily English-speaking countries: the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The authors consider the recent re-examination by trade union movements of the basis of union organization and activity in the face of a harsher economic and political climate. One of the impetuses for this re-examination has been the recent history of unions in the USA. American models of renewal have inspired Australia, New Zealand and the UK, while Canada has undergone a cautious examination of the US model with an attempt to develop a distinctive approach. This book aims to provide a thorough grounding for informed discussion and debate about the position and place of trade unions in modern economies.

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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Contributors
Acknowledgements
List of Abbreviations
1 Unions in crisis, unions in renewal? 1
2 The American labour movement and the resurgence in union organizing 32
3 You just can't do it automatically: the transition to social movement unionism in the United States 51
4 Trade union innovation, adaptation and renewal in Australia: still searching for the holy membership grail 78
5 A near death experience: one union fights for life 102
6 From organizational breadth to depth? New Zealand's trade unions under the Employment Contracts Act 117
7 A story of crisis and change: the service and food workers union of Aotearoa 135
8 The dilemmas of social partnership and union organization: questions for British trade unions 158
9 Rhetoric and reality: the adoption of the organizing model in manufacturing, science and finance 180
10 Strategic dilemma: the state of union renewal in Canada 200
11 The revival of industrial unions in Canada: the extension and adaptation of industrial union practices to the new economy 221
12 Social movement unionism: beyond the organizing model 244
13 Globalization, trade union organization and workers' rights 263
Index 282
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