Global Anti-Unionism Nature, Dynamics, Trajectories and Outcomes

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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One of the major obstacles, if not the major obstacle, unions face in building their influence in the workplace is the opposition and resistance from those that own those workplaces, namely, the employers. Global Anti-Unionism examines the nature and form of this anti-unionism, and in doing so explains the ways and means by which employers have successfully maintained their right to manage. The role of the state is also considered at length as part of the process by which employer domination has been maintained. Set in the context of the global north and south, this volume provides an introduction to the key theories and concepts, followed by historical and contemporary sections examining different countries.

Author Biography

Gregor Gall is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Bradford, UK. He has previosuly held the same positions at the universities of Stirling and Hertfordshire. He has written extensively on union organising and anti-unionism. Amongst his latest books are Tommy Sheridan – from hero to zero? A political biography and An Agency of their Own: sex worker union organising. He also edited New Forms and Expressions of Conflict at Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
Tony Dundon is Senior Lecturer at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland. His research focuses on systems of employee representation, non-union employment relations and HRM in small firms. He is co-author of Employment Relations in Non-Union Firms and Understanding Employment Relations. He is also Editor of the Human Resource Management Journal.

Table of Contents

1. Anti-unionism: Contextual and Thematic Issues; Tony Dundon and Gregor Gall 
2. Employer Opposition in the US: Anti-union Campaigning from the 1950s; John Logan
3. From Organised to Disorganised Capital? British Employer Associations, 1897-2010; Alan McKinlay
4. Economists Turn Against Unions: Historical Institutionalism to Neo-classical Individualism; Gerald Friedman
5. Anti-Unionism in a Coordinated Market Economy: the Case of Germany; Martin Behrens and Heiner Dribbusch
6. Employers Against Unions: the British Experience of Union Victimization; Gregor Gall
7. Beyond Union Avoidance? Exploring the Dynamics of Double-breasting Voice Regimes in Ireland; Niall Cullinane, Tony Dundon, Eugene Hickland, Tony Dobbins and Jimmy Donaghey
8. Beating the Union: Union Avoidance in the US; Kim Moody
9.The State Against Unions: Australia's Neo-liberalism, 1996-2007; Rae Cooper and Bradon Ellem
10. Colombia: the Most Dangerous Place to be a Union Member; Daniel Blackburn and Miguel Puerto
11. Waves of Anti-unionism in South Korea; Chris Rowley and Kiu Sik Bae
12. Employer Anti-unionism in Democratic Indonesia; Michele Ford

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