Union Autonomy in Context: An International Comparison

Undy, Roger, Fosh, Patricia, Morris, Huw, Martin, Roderick and Smith, Paul (1993) Union Autonomy in Context: An International Comparison. Employee Relations, 15 (4). pp. 3-26.


This is the second of two linked articles on the question of union autonomy; the first appeared in the previous issue of this journal. It considers state control and approach to union autonomy in the wider context of state controls on unions' bargaining activities including industrial action. Two questions are posed: whether there is any “balance” between state respect for union autonomy and state confidence that union collective bargaining activities take place within a legally prescribed framework; and how the state in the UK was able to shift so rapidly from the traditional, voluntary approach and the incipient neo-corporatism of the 1970s, to the detailed and onerous regulation of union internal and external activities in the 1980s and 1990s.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Collective bargaining; European Union; Legislation; Regulations; Trade unions; United Kingdom
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2012 21:15
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/2266

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