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Union VoicesTactics and Tensions in UK Organizing$
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Melanie Simms, Jane Holgate, and Edmund Heery

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780801451201

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9780801451201.001.0001

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From Managing Decline to Organizing for the Future

From Managing Decline to Organizing for the Future

(p.18) 1 From Managing Decline to Organizing for the Future
Union Voices

Melanie Simms

Jane Holgate

Edmund Heery

Cornell University Press

This chapter underlines the key themes that set up the evaluation of organizing policy and practice in British unions in order to make a clear statement about what has happened since the start of the Organising Academy—which coincides with the period of the New Labour government in the United Kingdom. The chapter begins by considering the national strategies that have been adopted, and by looking at the TUC's role in promoting organizing activity through the Organising Academy and related initiatives. It aims to study some of the main debates in the context of the changes experienced in the British union movement over the last few decades, and to understand what implications different economic, political, and social factors have had on the development and adoption of union organizing approaches.

Keywords:   organizing policy, British unions, Organising Academy, New Labour government, TUC, union organizing

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