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The Politics of Restructuring : Trade Unions on the Defensive in Britain Since 1979

Waddington, Jeremy and Whitston, Colin (1994) The Politics of Restructuring : Trade Unions on the Defensive in Britain Since 1979. Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations, 49 (4). pp. 794-820. ISSN 0034-379X

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Abstract

This paper shows that restructuring and the associated political programme have thrown British unions onto the defensive. It rejects arguments that unions have been 'tamed' and that unions are in terminal crisis, but argues that union structures and practices intended for application in the 1960s and 1970s were found to be inappropriate for the circumstances of the 1990s. Since 1979 a range of policy initiatives have been launched to address existing weaknesses. A review of these identifies several shortcomings and suggests that attempts to establish a 'new' agenda have only just begun.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Industrial Relations
Divisions: School of Business > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 26 May 2014 09:55
Last Modified: 26 May 2014 09:55
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/1329

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