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Organizing unionism comes to the UK

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The concept of an â–œorganizing modelâ–? of trade unionism has shaped union strategies for revitalization in a number of countries in recent years. This article examines the transfer of â–œorganizing unionismâ–? to the UK in two ways. It presents findings from a survey of unions to identify the extent to which the organizing model is influencing national recruitment policy and presents case studies of three union campaigns which have drawn upon the organizing model, in an attempt to assess its strengths and weaknesses in a UK context. The survey results indicate only limited take-up of the organizing model, though there is a group of vanguard unions which have embraced it with enthusiasm. The case studies demonstrate some success in applying the model, though identify employer resistance and internal opposition as significant constraints.
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Keywords: Organizing; Recognition; Recruitment; Trade unions

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 January 2000

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