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The future of unions

Hyman, Richard (2002) The future of unions. Just Labour, 1 (Winter). pp. 7-15. ISSN 1705-1436

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For some 20 years now, it has been common to refer to a crisis of trade unionism. What the future holds for labor movements-or indeed, whether they still have a future-seems increasingly uncertain. For many critics (academic observers as well as trade unionists themselves), unions in most countries appear as victims of external forces outside their control, and often also of their own conservative inertia. In this article, I explore, schematically and with incautious generalizations, the pathways from path to present to future. An important focus is the choices to be made in terms of who unions represent, what interests they emphasize, how they are constituted as organizations, and how they mobilize resources for action.

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Additional Information: © 2002 Centre for Research on Work and Society
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2008 08:38
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 12:49

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