The potential for amalgamations to transform union organization is discussed before outlining the main characteristics of the ten amalgamated and two aborted amalgamations at the heart of the study. Amalgamations involving primarily private sector unions are considered prior to exploring amalgamations organized by unions concentrated in the public sector. The different factors motivating the partner unions are assessed by reference to their job territories; political objectives and means; democratic ethos and government; administration; and leaders' imperatives. Merger objectives and strategies are found to vary between partner unions in some significant respects.
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