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Unions in the 21st Century

An International Perspective

Anil Verma og Thomas A. Kochan

Palgrave 2004, 320 s. ISBN 140393505X
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This book presents a series of research essays on the state of unions in many different parts of the world. Written by leading researchers in the field it provides insights into the causes of union decline. But it goes beyond historical analyses to investigate the prospects for the future. Can unions organize in segments of the workforce such as the youth, women, low wage workers and those in the informal sector? Can unions network with other organizations such as NGOs nationally and internationally to gain power and influence?

Contents

Unions in the 21st Century: Prospects for Renewal; A.Verma & T.Kochan
The Future of Trade Unions; R.Hyman
Extended Networks: A Vision for the Next Generation Unions; T.Kochan, R.Locke, P.Osterman & M.Piore
Prospects for Union Growth in the US in the Early 21st Century; B.Kaufman
Employment Relations in New Zealand: The Role of the State vis-a-vis the Labour Movement; P.Walsh, R.Harbridge & D.Wilkinson
Crafting a Statutory Union Recognition Procedure that Works for the UK; S.Wood & S.Moore
Conservative Legislation and Trade Union Change; G.Lockwood
Union-Based Pension Funds and Social Investment: A New Role for Unions in the Economy; I.Carmichael
Workers' Knowledge: An Untapped Resource in the Labour Movement; D.Livingstone & R.Roth
Unions and Procedural Justice: An Alternative to the 'Common Rule'; D.Marsden
Changing Patterns of Unionization: The North American Experience, 1984-1998; C.Riddell & C.Riddell
Trade Union Survival and Women Workers in Australia; G.Strachan & J.Burgess
The ICFTU and and Trade Unions in the Developing Countries: Solidarity or Dependence?; R.Gumbrell-McCormick
Partnership and the Politics of Trade Union Policy Formation in the UK: The Case of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance Union; M.Martinez-Lucio & M.Stuart
Partnership: A Serious Strategy for UK Trade Unions? M.Terry
Negating or Affirming the Organizing Model? The Case of the Congress of South African Trade Unions; G.Wood
From Playstations to Workstations: Young Workers and the Experience-Good Model of Union Membership; R.Gomez, M.Gunderson & N.Meltz
Non-Governmental Organizations and Trade Unions: The Case of India; C.S.V.Ratnam & A.Verma
Author Biographies

ANIL VERMA is Professor of Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto where he holds a joint appointment at the Rotman School of Management and the Centre for Industrial Relations. He has served as the President of the Canadian Industrial Relations Association and on the Executive Board of the International Industrial Relations Association.

THOMAS A. KOCHAN is the George M. Bunker Professor of Management at MIT's Sloan School of Management. An author of many books, his 1986 book The Transformation of American Industrial Relations received the annual award from the Academy of Management for the best scholarly book on management. Professor Kochan is a Past President of the International Industrial Relations Association and the Industrial Relations Research Association (IRRA).