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.
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.
7. Bargaining objectives
8. The bargaining process
9. Dealing with managers
Part IV. Conclusions: 10. Working for the union.