Democracy Social Justice and the Role of Trade Unions

The aim of this book is to examine how trade unions can effectively navigate this deeply contradictory challenge.

Author: Joo-Cheong Tham

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 9781785277818

Category: Law

Page: 250

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Trade unions worldwide face a powerful paradox at this critical juncture: collective organisations for workers are urgently needed and yet there are serious pressures undercutting the legitimate role of trade unions. The aim of this book is to examine how trade unions can effectively navigate this deeply contradictory challenge. It is underpinned by the conviction that trade unions are – and should be – vital institutions for democracy and social justice. Written by leading scholars in industrial relations and labour law as well as those in political philosophy and political science, the collection tackles a range of pressing topics for trade unions including: the climate crisis; the COVID-19 pandemic; economic democracy; democracy within trade unions; precarious work; and election campaigns.

Trade Unions in the New Society

This book explores the relation between trade unions and the public, trade unions and the law and trade unions and democracy to show the impact of developments such as mass production, social security and a planned economy on the position ...

Author: Harold J. Laski

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000431094

Category: Political Science

Page: 194

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First Published in 1950, Trade Unions in the New Society examines the changing significance of trade unionism and the place they occupy in the democratic world. Harold J. Laski contrasts their function in a capitalist or socialist society with what it became under Russian totalitarianism. This book explores the relation between trade unions and the public, trade unions and the law and trade unions and democracy to show the impact of developments such as mass production, social security and a planned economy on the position of the working man and considers the proper role of the government in disputes which may affect the basic public welfare. Most important of all, possibly, are Laski’s observations on the desirability of labour activity in organised politics. Trade Unions in the New Society will be of immense interest for scholars and researchers of politics, political economy, labour studies, and for all who are concerned with the future of democracy.

Gender and Leadership in Unions

Gender and Leadership in Trade Unions explores and evaluates the similarities and differences in equality strategies pursued by unions in the US and the UK. It assesses the conditions experienced by women union members and how these impact ...

Author: Gill Kirton

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136154577

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 290

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Reflecting the increased attention to gender and women in the field of employment relations, there is now a growing international literature on women and trade unions. The interest in women as trade unionists arises partly from the fact that women comprise 40 percent of trade union membership in the USA and over 50 percent in the UK. Further, despite considerable overall union membership decline in both the UK and USA, more women than men are joining unions in both countries. Recognition of the importance of women to the survival and revival of trade union movements has in many cases produced an unprecedented commitment to equality and inclusion at the highest level. Yet the challenge is to ensure that this commitment is translated to action and improves the experience of women in their union and in their workplace. Gender and Leadership in Trade Unions explores and evaluates the similarities and differences in equality strategies pursued by unions in the US and the UK. It assesses the conditions experienced by women union members and how these impact on their leadership, both potential and actual. Women have made gains in both countries within union leadership and decision-making structures, however, climbing the ladder to leadership positions remains far from a smooth process. In the trade union context, women face multiple barriers that resonate with the barriers facing aspiring women leaders in other organizational contexts, including the gendered division of domestic work; the organization and nature of women’s work; the organization and nature of trade union work and the masculine culture of trade unions. The discussion of women trade union leaders is situated more broadly within debates on governance, leadership and democracy within social justice activism.

Social Justice in a Global Age

In this volume, leading international experts offer compelling answers to these questions. The aim of this volume is to articulate a modern conception of social justice that remains relevant for an era of rapid globalisation.

Author: Olaf Cramme

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780745675268

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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What is the relationship between the principles of social justiceand global justice? How can we best reconcile the quest for greatersocial justice ‘at home' with greater social justice in theworld? Are the social justice pressures our societies currentlyface the result of globalisation or are they domesticallygenerated? How can we advance social justice in the light of thenew social realities? In this volume, leading international expertsoffer compelling answers to these questions. The aim of this volume is to articulate a modern conception ofsocial justice that remains relevant for an era of rapidglobalisation. The authors have developed a robust theoreticalaccount of the relationship between globalisation and socialjustice complemented by an underpinning policy framework that aimsto sustain new forms of equity and solidarity.

The Life and Death of Trade Unionism in the USSR 1917 1928

This classic volume, originally published in 1969, has not been surpassed as a description of how and why this occurred.

Author: Gunter Bischof

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351480154

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 311

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The Russian Revolution excited men, and captured their imaginations. It seemed to herald the fulfillment of the nineteenth-century socialist movement. Socialists believed that with the proper use of technocracy they could scourge poverty and hunger from the earth. They felt that a social system based on equality and social justice could overcome the traditional division of each society into rich and poor. They were convinced that they could overcome social problems that, seething and bubbling beneath the surface, threatened to be as destructive as wars fought between great powers. These were the ideals and objectives of both 1917 revolutions. They were exciting and contagious. The Russians were seen by many as being on the threshold of a new and great experiment, one which would lead the world to peace, democracy, and security-the dream of ages. Support grew quickly. A worldwide movement committed to the extension of the ideological and moral principles of the Revolution and to the defense of the Soviet Union grew and became a significant factor in world politics. It did not turn out that way. Much of the story of this tragedy is to be found in labor struggles-the split between the Communist Party, the trade unions, and the workers. The labor movement, which had been pushing for a democratic alternative, turned against the Bolsheviks soon after 1917, and labor opposition left the Bolsheviks at the crossroads of history. The Bolsheviks had to choose between dictatorship or democracy. Under Lenin's guidance they opted for minority dictator ship, the outcome of which was tyranny over the very people in whose name they fought. This classic volume, originally published in 1969, has not been surpassed as a description of how and why this occurred.

Rethinking Revolution

Rethinking Revolution brings to life the spirited and often contentious debates among frontline activists over how to unify and transform their societies toward greater economic, social and political equality.

Author: Dan Connell

Publisher: The Red Sea Press

ISBN: 1569021457

Category: Political Science

Page: 459

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Rethinking Revolution brings to life the spirited and often contentious debates among frontline activists over how to unify and transform their societies toward greater economic, social and political equality. Looking at the most dynamic new social movements in several countries, Connell examines how these groups are challenging and enriching strategic vision of leading political parties, even as they redefine the nature of power and the struggle to achieve it. A bold and provocative analysis' - Howard Zinn 'Thoughtful, often brilliant' - Margaret Randall'

Trade Unions and Democracy

However, of equal importance are devising mechanisms for realizing core union objectives for expanding the base and quality of firm-level recognition and in working towards broader social justice, once recruitment targets have been met.

Author: Geoffrey Wood

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351301428

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 422

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Trade Unions and Democracy explores the role of trade unions as products of, and agents for, democracy. As civil society agents, unions may promote democracy within the wider society, especially in the case of authoritarian regimes or other rigid political systems, by acting as watchdogs and protecting hard-won democratic gains.Established democratic institutions in many advanced societies are facing new challenges. The problem with using trade unions for this purpose is that they remain locked in a cycle of political marginalization and decline. Beyond this, there are, ironically, serious questions about whether unions themselves internally function as democracies. Certainly there are tensions between rank and file membership and an authoritarian leadership, with this infighting having possible effects on strategic deals or alliances and member accountability and actions. On the other hand, trade unions continue to represent a significant component of society within most industrialized countries, and in many case, they have a demonstrated capacity for working with other elements of civil society. Looking forward, trade unions may be able to play a vital role in channeling and focusing spontaneous popular upsurges. In the process, they may revitalize themselves through use of greater internal democracy and become geared toward more diverse constituencies. The question is, will they fulfill this promise or continue to suffer from internal breakups and external breakdowns? Can trade unions save themselves and democracy, or will both deteriorate in time?Trade Unions and Democracy brings together a distinguished panel of leading and emerging scholars in the field and provides a critical assessment of the current role of trade unions in society. It explores their capacity to affect political policies to ensure greater accountability and fairness. It also explores the nature of and extent to which internal representative democracy actually operates within trade unions themselves.Mark Harcourt is a professor in the Department of Strategic Management and Leadership at Waikato University in New Zealand.

The Promise of the Third Way

This book puts forward a rigorous rethinking towards making the Third Way an effective instrument of progress for Britain as well as abroad.

Author: O. Newman

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781403914279

Category: Political Science

Page: 255

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Aiming to transcend the outdated conflict between Left and Right, the Third Way was welcomed by leading figures on the world stage. Its programme of modernisation, flexibility and community regeneration indicated a way forward for the New Age. Within a firm market emphasis, equality of opportunity and social inclusion were given a prominent place. However, its lack of direction and disinclination to face hard decisions, have left its promise unfulfilled. This book puts forward a rigorous rethinking towards making the Third Way an effective instrument of progress for Britain as well as abroad.