Sunday, 3 May 2015

Paper on community unionism

The European Trade Union Institute (ETUI) has published a 5-page paper by Jane Holgate (University of Leeds Business School) on collaboration of trade unions with local communities. Holgate argues:
Over time, unions have become more institutionally than community embedded, with employed professionals operating on behalf of workers rather than organising workers to organise themselves. Further, the attacks on unions, particularly during the growth of neoliberal ideology from the 1980s onward, meant that many unions became inward-looking and more focused on servicing the surviving membership; as a result, trade unions became less visible in the wider community. Community unionism thus provides a way for unions to (re)build activity from the grassroots in the communities in which workers are most active in their daily lives.
Download the paper here (via Kurt Vandaele)

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