The New Generation of Trade Union Leaders and Prospects for Union Revitalization

20 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2004

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Andy Charlwood

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); University of Leeds - Leeds University Business School (LUBS)

Abstract

The year 2003 was widely perceived as the year of the 'awkward squad' - a group of recently elected union leaders more prepared than their predecessors to challenge New Labour. It was also a year in which unions were perceived to have experienced the beginnings of a recovery. In this review I argue that both of these perceptions are misplaced. The new generation of union leaders are a more disparate bunch than the 'awkward squad' label implies. The unions they lead remain seriously weakened by a harsh and inhospitable environment. Union recovery is unlikely unless the environment changes or the new union leaders can succeed against the odds in changing the environment through political activity.

Suggested Citation

Charlwood, Andrew, The New Generation of Trade Union Leaders and Prospects for Union Revitalization. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=537508

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