The crisis of public sector trade unionism: evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis

Carter, Bob and Kline, Roger ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5896-8802 (2017) The crisis of public sector trade unionism: evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis. Capital and Class, 41 (2) . pp. 217-237. ISSN 0309-8168 [Article] (doi:10.1177/0309816816678572)

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Abstract

This article contends that there is a growing, if uneven, crisis in public sector trade unionism masked by relatively high membership figures that obscure a weakening of trade unions in the workplace, leaving hollowed out organisation vulnerable to further legislative and employer-led onslaughts. The weakening is not inevitable but to overcome it requires a refocusing of organising efforts on the everyday concerns of members such as understaffing and the provision of better public services. Only with an engaged membership will national issues and wider campaigns have material force. Having outlined a general argument, the article takes as illustrative the nature and performance of trade unions, and particularly UNISON, during the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Crisis, Mid Staffordshire, public sector trade unions, workplace organisation
Research Areas: A. > Business School
Item ID: 27011
Notes on copyright: Carter, B., & Kline, R., The crisis of public sector trade unionism: Evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis, Capital & Class (41(2), pp. 217–237 pp. xx-xx. Copyright © 2017 (The Author(s)). DOI: 10.1177/0309816816678572
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Depositing User: Roger Kline
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2020 16:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2020 22:55
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/27011

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