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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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Amalgamations: Post‐Merger Performance

Amalgamations: Post‐Merger Performance

(p.190) 8 Amalgamations: Post‐Merger Performance
Trade Union Merger Strategies

Roger Undy (Contributor Webpage)

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Dominant‐partner amalgamations are briefly discussed before focusing on balanced‐partner amalgamations. The outcomes of dominant‐partner amalgamations are similar to those generated by transfers. In contrast, balanced‐partner amalgamations generally have a more marked effect on both the new unions' external relations with employers and its internal organization. However, the context may limit the amalgamated unions' abilities to exercise any increase gained in latent collective bargaining power. Internally, the balanced‐partner amalgamations vary considerably in their reforming effects: some have positive outcomes, while others generate unintended and politically destabilizing consequences.

Keywords:   amalgamations, balanced‐partner amalgamation, bargaining power, financial problems, unions' economies of scale, unions' political factors, unsolicited job territories

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