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Trade Unions Today and Tomorrow

Vol. II: Trade Unions in a Changing Workplace


George Spyropoulos

Labour relations at the enterprise level are nowadays tending to assume increasing importance in Europe. We are witnessing major changes in the labour force both as regards the characteristics of workers (the supply side) and the characteristics of the work available (the demand side). Changes in product markets and production technologies place different demands on enterprises. New technologies are changing the quantity and quality of work and new relations are introduced into the workplace as a result of managerial initiatives. Moreover, workers are increasingly interested in the quality of their working life. These changes imply an adjustment of trade unions to meet these new situations. The studies included in this volume focus on some of the recent changes in the workplace and the trade union response to them.
Contents: Georges Spyropoulos: Foreword - Hans Pornschlegel: Changing roles in the workplace: trade unions' response - Bryn Jones/Michael Rose: The trade unions' response to the changing job structure of British industry - Pierre-Eric Tixier: Participative management and labour unions in France - Peter Cressey: Recasting collectivism: non-unionisation in two American branch plants - Anne Borzeix/Danièle Linhart: French trade unions facing worker's right to direct expression - David Walters: Trade unions and occupational safety and health in Britain: the lessons of the last decade and their implications for the future - Chris Ball: Experiments and innovations in industrial democracy: enterprise planning at the Greater London Enterprise Board - Jacques Delcourt: Flexibility: a source of new rights for workers? - Robin Williams/Ian Jones: Union influence over technological change and its implications for union roles in the workplace - Pat Wiggins/Robin Williams: Technological restructuring and union organisation.