Mobilizing Workers within Inter-Organizational Relationships in the UK Voluntary Sector

21 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2008

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Ian Cunningham

University of Strathclyde - Department of Human Resource Management

Abstract

This article assesses the prospects for union membership growth in the UK voluntary sector. It examines the efforts of workplace activists to defend terms and conditions and recruit and retain members in two voluntary organizations in the context of the sector's close relationship with external state funding and regulatory bodies. The study confirms the importance of workplace activists in contributing to successful mobilization. It also finds, however, that differences in inter-organizational relations between the two organizations and state funding bodies that are shaped by product markets and competition are pivotal in explaining the variability in outcomes for union mobilization efforts. The article has wider significance in telling us more about why union campaigns in areas of the economy characterized by close supply chain relations succeed or fail.

Suggested Citation

Cunningham, Ian, Mobilizing Workers within Inter-Organizational Relationships in the UK Voluntary Sector. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 39, Issue 3, pp. 191-211, May 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1111853 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00484.x

Ian Cunningham (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Glasgow G1 1XU
United Kingdom

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