Legacies, conflict and path dependence in the former Soviet Union

Morrison, Claudio, Croucher, Richard and Cretu, Olga (2012) Legacies, conflict and path dependence in the former Soviet Union. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50 (2). pp. 329-351. ISSN 0007-1080

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Abstract

This article analyses management-union-worker relations in a foreign-owned Moldovan clothing factory. Debates around post-socialist industrial relations have focused on explaining labour quiescence, advancing ‘path dependence’ and ‘soviet legacy’ arguments. These draw attention to strong links between management and unions, and weak relations between the latter and workers. We show how the union has in one case drawn creatively on soviet legacies to develop strong articulation between itself and women workers. This was part of a wider adaptive strategy within which the union transformed the meaning of previous functions and developed novel ones. The outcome is a well organised representative body capable of challenging management at the negotiating table as well as on the shop floor. This seems unlikely to be universal but equally unlikely to be unique.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > Business School
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations > Employment Relations group
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Item ID: 10161
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Depositing User: Claudio Morrison
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2013 06:48
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10161

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