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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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Conservative Policy and Legislation

Conservative Policy and Legislation

(p.68) (p.69) 4 Conservative Policy and Legislation
Managing the Unions

Roger Undy

Patricia Fosh

Huw Morris

Paul Smith

Roderick Martin

Oxford University Press

By providing a chronological examination of the Conservatives' balloting legislation and other related policies, this chapter exposes the Conservatives' position on the issue of union autonomy. It discusses the following topics: the establishment of the degree of union autonomy before the Conservatives' election in 1979; an analysis on the Conservative strategies and ideologies for union reform; the notion of voluntarily using more ballots into account; the introduction of mandatory elections and ballots; and finally, the use of mandatory ballots in industrial action. The Conservatives mainly aimed to initiate a lesser version of Hayek's non-union vision that advocates individual decision making. Regulations introduced the notion of having a ‘democracy’ as reform. The Labour Party then asserted the participative rights and involvement of union members to replace the strict measures of the Conservatives.

Keywords:   Conservatives, balloting, legislation, member rights, participation, elections, reform, democracy

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