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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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UK—Exemplar or Exceptional Case? 1

UK—Exemplar or Exceptional Case? 1

(p.263) 8 UK—Exemplar or Exceptional Case?1
Managing the Unions

Roger Undy

Patricia Fosh

Huw Morris

Paul Smith

Roderick Martin

Oxford University Press

This final chapter attempts to compare and contrast the rigid legal framework that the UK is practicing today and the emergence of the industrial action with the legal frameworks of unions in a selection of other EU countries. Unlike in the UK and with the exception of Greece, legal frameworks for business unions in other EU countries have not undergone changes in the past fifteen years. This chapter analyses the role of the state in national decision making while considering such factors as the country's constitution and the character and structure of the unions in the countries in question. Because the British Conservatives believe that the state needs to ‘protect’ the free market, and based on the discussion in this chapter, the book concludes that government ideology can best explain the political and economic changes in the UK.

Keywords:   union movement, EU countries, legal framework, ideology, state

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