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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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Evaluating Organizing

Evaluating Organizing

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(p.151) 6 Evaluating Organizing
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Union Voices
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Melanie Simms

Jane Holgate

Edmund Heery

Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451201.003.0007

This chapter analyzes the consequences of organizing activity across the union movement. It is clear that there is more organizing activity taking place within British unions now than there was when the Organising Academy was launched in 1998. It is also clear that, despite problems gaining reliable financial data, unions are investing more in this kind of work. The story, however, is not completely optimistic—union membership has stagnated even in the broadly favorable political and economic conditions of the past decade until the financial crisis of 2008. It is unclear whether unions will be able to take advantage of their sectoral and industrial position to negotiate wage increases in the coming period. Ultimately, the chapter studies not only what unions have achieved under New Labour but also the position that leaves them in to handle future difficulties.

Keywords:   organizing activity, British unions, Organising Academy, union membership, 2008 financial crisis, New Labour

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