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Trade Union Merger StrategiesPurpose, Process, and Performance$
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Roger Undy

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199544943

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199544943.001.0001

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Union Strategies in Context

Union Strategies in Context

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Trade Union Merger Strategies

Roger Undy (Contributor Webpage)

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Union strategies, both formal and ‘realized’, are defined before setting them in the British context by reference to economic, political, and social factors. The effect of the environment on unions' aggregate membership and on thirty-two unions extant between 1979 and 2004 (while making allowances for numbers added by mergers) is discussed. Unions' non‐merger strategies, including their organizing strategy and servicing strategy, are assessed. Particular attention is paid to those unions driving the British merger movement. It is concluded that British unions are both eclectic and pragmatic in their choice of strategies.

Keywords:   falling union membership, government policies, New Labour, organizing strategy, servicing strategy, social partnership, union context, unions' strategic choices

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