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Managing the UnionsThe Impact of Legislation on Trade Unions' Behaviour$
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Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

Print publication date: 1996

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289197

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289197.001.0001

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The Scope and Structure of the Study

The Scope and Structure of the Study

(p.1) 1 The Scope and Structure of the Study
Managing the Unions

Roger Undy

Patricia Fosh

Huw Morris

Paul Smith

Roderick Martin

Oxford University Press

Throughout the 1980s and until the first half of the 1990s, Conservative governments were experiencing problems regarding unions and union management. Seeing this situation as both an economic and political priority, they attempted to solve these problems through legislation. This study focuses on union ballots and how these later developed into the formation of a legislation on individual secret postal ballot. By conducting surveys, interviews with union officers and representatives from legislation, and case studies, the study is able to look into the origins, purpose, and effects of this legislation on union behavior and compare its effects with the effects of other environmental factors and union leaders' initiatives. The structure and content of the study is presented through a framework that uses a ‘qualified’ contingency model.

Keywords:   Conservative government, union, management, ballot, 1980 Employment Act, TUC, legislation

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