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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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Changing Union Behaviour

Changing Union Behaviour

Chapter:
(p.31) 3 Changing Union Behaviour
Source:
Managing the Unions
Author(s):

Roger Undy

Patricia Fosh

Huw Morris

Paul Smith

Roderick Martin

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289197.003.0003

Even before the changes, unions were already experiencing financial problems, since the income from membership subscriptions was not enough to cover the total expenses. Because of the immense drop in union membership, unions had to deal not only with aggravated financial issues but organizational issues as well. The non-ballot-related changes affected the decisions made by union leaders and also interacted with the balloting legislation. This chapter provides a discussion about membership, merger, and structure in order to better understand the impact of membership loss to union behaviour and government issues. Because unions initially adopted individual strategies to minimize the damages triggered by the changes, a movement was made to establish a more centralized government. The move to reform organizational structure made way for the development of new policies concerning employers and partnership.

Keywords:   membership loss, financial problems, centralized government, reform, merger

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