Employer responses to union organising : patterns and effects
Heery, Edmund and Simms, Melanie. (2010) Employer responses to union organising : patterns and effects. Human Resource Management Journal, Vol.20 (No.1). pp. 3-22. ISSN 0954-5395Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1748-8583.2009.00102.x
This article presents original research on employer responses to trade union organising campaigns in the United Kingdom. The evidence indicates that there is no single response, with employers in some cases seeking to block and in others support union activity. These different patterns are strongly path dependent and reflect the prior degree of exposure to trade unionism of workplaces targeted for organising. Another finding is that employer responses co-vary with union approaches to organising, such that when the employer adopts adversarial tactics so does the union. The militancy of both parties, it seems, is mutually reinforcing. Finally, the evidence points to substantial influence of employer responses over the outcomes of organising. When employers are supportive then campaigns tend to be more successful, measured on a range of criteria. When the employer is hostile unions find it difficult to make progress and encounter particular difficulties in securing recognition.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School > Industrial Relations Research Unit
Faculty of Social Sciences > Warwick Business School
|Journal or Publication Title:||Human Resource Management Journal|
|Publisher:||Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.|
|Page Range:||pp. 3-22|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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