This, the second book in the innovative The Future of Trade Unions in Britain series, features substantial and original research on union strategies. It offers readers a detailed analysis of the opportunities and problems faced by unions in using the new trade union recognition law, and will enrich policy debates with much needed evidence. It covers topics such as:

  • organizing campaigns across different sectors and their relative successes and failures
  • the TUC's Organizing Academy
  • public sector unions strategies including the use of partnership agreements
  • the structure of trade unionism as a potential barrier to union revitalization
  • costs and benefits for employers of recognizing unions.

Written by the key thinkers in the field of industrial relations, it highlights the conditions under which organizing and partnership are likely to appeal to union members and employers and thus it has important policy implications for all parties concerned with industrial relations; unions, employers and governments.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByPaul Wil lman and John Kel ly

chapter 3|19 pages

Union organizing

ByJohn Kel ly and Vidu Badigannavar

chapter 4|22 pages

Equity and representation in the new economy

ByDiane Perrons

chapter 5|16 pages

Structuring unions: the administrative rationality of collective action

The administrative rational ity of
ByPaul Wil lman

chapter 6|21 pages

Public service unionism in a restructured public sector

Challenges and prospects
ByStephen Bach and Rebecca Kol ins Givan

chapter 7|19 pages

Labour–management partnership in the UK public sector

ByVidu Badigannavar and John Kel ly

chapter 8|21 pages

The end of the affair?: the decline in employers’ propensity to unionize

The decl ine in employers’ propensity to unionize
ByAlex Bryson, Rafael Gomez and Paul Wil lman

chapter 9|14 pages

Beyond New Unionism

ByFrances O’Grady and Paul Nowak

chapter 10|6 pages


ByJohn Kel ly and Paul Wil lman