Union Business : Trade Union Organization and Financial Reform in the Thatcher Years


Union Business : Trade Union Organization and Financial Reform in the Thatcher Years

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 254 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521417259
  • DDC分類 331.87094109048


This book explains the reasons for the relative success of the British unions.

Full Description

It is fashionable to speak of trades unions in the UK as organisations in decline. However, it is their organisation and, in particular, their financial status, which ultimately dictates unions' ability to survive, recruit, and influence employers. This book provides the first systematic picture of union financial status for thirty years, and reveals a dramatic picture. Though, overall, unions have become financially less healthy in the post-war period, many unions experienced an improved financial position during the membership contraction of the Thatcher years. It also shows that the long term financial decline of unions has been more affected by competition between unions for membership than by the effects of traumatic industrial disputes.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: unions in the 1980s
2. The financial status of British trade unions
3. Financial differences between unions
4. The role of financial matters in union
5. The politics of union finances
6. Union size, growth and financial performance
7. Strike activity and union finances
8. The National Union of Mineworkers: strikes
and financial disaster
9. The GMB: merger and financial reform
10. The Amalgamated Engineering Union: back
from the brink
11. The Banking, Insurance and Finance Union:
competitive unionism and financial survival
12. The Electrical, Electronic,
Telecommunications and Plumbing Trade Union:
accountability and financial control
13. Conclusions: union business and business