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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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The Spread of Organizing Activity to Individual Unions

The Spread of Organizing Activity to Individual Unions

(p.59) 3 The Spread of Organizing Activity to Individual Unions
Union Voices

Melanie Simms

Jane Holgate

Edmund Heery

Cornell University Press

This chapter details the growth of organizing ideas and analyzes how those ideas have changed, developed, and have been adapted to fit specific contexts. It seeks to locate the activity of workplace union campaigns within a broader analysis of the importance of sectoral pressures, union histories and ideologies, employer responses, and the like. The chapter begins with a picture of initiatives that have been significant in securing resources for organizing activity, before focusing on the work that actually makes a difference at the workplace. These national initiatives provide important “narratives” for union renewal that help coordinate workplace organizing. Since the mid-1990s, there have been changes and developments in organizing ideas and practices; the chapter reflects on these, the motivations for them, and the consequences for the union movement and membership growth.

Keywords:   organizing ideas, workplace union campaigns, union histories, organizing activity, union renewal

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