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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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Ballots and Industrial Action

Ballots and Industrial Action

(p.197) 6 Ballots and Industrial Action
Managing the Unions

Roger Undy

Patricia Fosh

Huw Morris

Paul Smith

Roderick Martin

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the following issues that were raised regarding the effects of the imposition of individual-member balloting on industrial action: the trade union reactions on this movement, the effects of the individual-ballot election on the centralization and organization of trade unions, the effect of the changes mentioned on the management of the balloting process, and the impact of these changes on the results of balloting and collective bargaining. Generally, balloting provided a low-cost means for union members to express their thoughts without having to cause riots. Aside from offering moderate forms of industrial action, union negotiators became more risk-averse regarding transactions with their employers.

Keywords:   industrial action, ballots, centralization, costs, management, election

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