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Rethinking trade unionism: Union renewal as transition


Fairbrother, P, Rethinking trade unionism: Union renewal as transition, Economic and Labour Relations Review, 26, (4) pp. 561-576. ISSN 1035-3046 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1035304615616593


Union renewal has been the subject of debate over the last two decades. Via a review of these debates, a revision of the union renewal thesis is presented, suggesting that union renewal should be examined as a process of transition. Three analytic dimensions of renewal are identified and presented, each arising out of a consideration of the debates: union organisation, union capacity and union purpose. The proposition is that an understanding of contemporary unionism involves a consideration of the ways renewal involves a multi-faceted transition in relation to the political economy of trade unionism. The way to understand this characterisation is to reconsider theories about unions in terms of a dialectic, addressing the inter-relationships and integration of union organisation, capacities and purpose.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:labour relations, neo-liberalism, social justice, trade unions, union renewal
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Fairbrother, P (Professor Peter Fairbrother)
ID Code:145163
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2021-07-05
Last Modified:2021-08-31

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