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The Transformation of Labour RelationsRestructuring and Privatization in Eastern Europe and Russia$
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John Thirkell, Krastyu Petkov, and Sarah Vickerstaff

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198289791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289791.001.0001

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Trade-Union Strategies

Trade-Union Strategies

(p.75) 5 Trade-Union Strategies
The Transformation of Labour Relations

J. E. M. Thirkell

K. Petkov

S. A. Vickerstaff

Oxford University Press

The aim of the analysis in this chapter is to uncover the processes of strategy formulation and strategic choice in the trade unions, both in the wider context of the political transition as well as in transformation of industrial relations. The discussion is organized in four main sections. The first is the legacy of the previous Soviet system and its transmission-belt model of trade unionism. Secondly, there are the alternative models of trade unionism which emerged in Eastern Europe, in particular the prototype of Solidarity. Thirdly, trade unions' organizational strategies in the context of transformation are examined. Finally, there is the question of the political choices of trade unions towards economic reform.

Keywords:   industrial relations, trade unionism, prototype of Solidarity, transformation, economic reform

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