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Managing the Unions: The Impact of Legislation on Trade Unions' Behaviour

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

Abstract

During the 1980s, the government aimed to reform industrial relations through imposing the following measures: political initiatives and campaigning; a changed economic and social environment; and a programme of industrial relations legislation that increasingly curtailed the role and influence of trade unions. This book examines the policies and legislation intended to change union behaviour. It considers its origins, purpose, and impact on union behaviour and structure, focusing on the role of ballots as the central mechanism chosen for changing union decision making. The changes that occurr ... More

Keywords: Conservatives, industrial relations, political initiatives, campaigning, trade unions, union behaviour, ballots, union decision making

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198289197
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198289197.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Roger Undy, author
Templeton College, Oxford
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Patricia Fosh, author
Cardiff Business School

Huw Morris, author
Kingston University

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1 The Scope and Structure of the Study

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

2 The Union Context

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

3 Changing Union Behaviour

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

4 Conservative Policy and Legislation

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

5 Ballots, Elections, and Union Government

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

6 Ballots and Industrial Action

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

7 Union Ballots, Behaviour, and Strategy

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin

8 UK—Exemplar or Exceptional Case?1

Roger Undy, Patricia Fosh, Huw Morris, Paul Smith, and Roderick Martin