Negotiating the government of unison: Union democracy in theory and practice
UNSPECIFIED. (1996) Negotiating the government of unison: Union democracy in theory and practice. BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS, 34 (1). pp. 87-110. ISSN 0007-1080Full text not available from this repository.
During the 1980s existing approaches to union government and democracy came under critical scrutiny. The virtues of decentralized systems were questioned; unions were strongly criticized for failing to represent the interests of women. These debates found clear expression in the negotiations leading to the creation of Unison. This paper examines the negotiations that created governing structures intended to preserve key features of the partner-unions' own democratic traditions and to respond to criticisms of their shortcomings. Most dramatically, Unison introduced a system of proportionality for women. It also provided systems of representation for the lower-paid and for other groups often excluded from union government. The conclusions examine whether the representative but complex system, likely to serve as a benchmark for the future, can live up to its claims.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor|
|Journal or Publication Title:||BRITISH JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS|
|Publisher:||BLACKWELL PUBL LTD|
|Number of Pages:||24|
|Page Range:||pp. 87-110|
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