Will Unionism Prosper in Cyberspace? The Promise of the Internet for Employee Organization
Wayne J. Diamond
London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Richard B. Freeman
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Edinburgh - School of Social and Political Studies; Harvard University; London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 40, pp. 569-596, 2002
The low cost of information, communication, and interaction on the web offers trade unions opportunities to improve services and attract members, and thus reinvent themselves for the twenty-first century. The authors argue that unions can use the web to: develop virtual minority unions at many non-union firms; improve services to members; enhance democracy in unions; aid in industrial disputes; and strengthen the international labour community. They conclude that, if unions fail to exploit the opportunities on the web to gain members, other organizations are likely to provide services to workers on the internet.
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Date posted: January 4, 2003
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