Ballots and Trade Union Democracy

Undy, Roger and Martin, Roderick (1984) Ballots and Trade Union Democracy. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN 978-0631135395

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The Thatcher government has pledged to bring in statutory provision for ballots in certain trade union elections and for the calling of industrial action. This book examines the current use of ballots in union elections and their effect on participation and leadership selection. Previous discussion of trade union ballots has been based upon unfounded assumptions, limited evidence and incorrect inference from American experience. This is the first analysis of the role of ballots in union elections and collective bargaining based on empirical research in Britain. The authors show how ballots are, at the moment, underused and only one of the ways in which unions consult their members. They also explore the circumstances likely to lead to balloting under current legislation and its consequences. The book provides a most detailed look at the history, current practice and future possibilities for the use of ballots in trade unions. It will inform both the industrial relations and legal practitioner and teacher, as well as those, on both sides of the industrial fence, seeking either to promote or ward off change in industrial union practice.

Item Type: Book
Keywords: Trade unions; Great Britain; Voting; Democracy; Law and Legisation
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2012 21:22
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06

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