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Palgrave Macmillan

The Impact of Political Action on Labour Movement Strength

Trade Union Revitalisation in Africa

ISBN 9781137341211
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Trade unions have experienced considerable global decline since the late 1970s. Although union influence remains significant in most nations, many unions have witnessed a fall in membership, on which this influence ultimately depends. Past attempts at turning the fortunes of unions around in the face of 'globalisation' and national predicaments have been the concern of union leaderships. In the case of Nigeria, such events are economic circumstances, the use of legal instrumentality such as decrees and edicts, and lack of democratic environment due to constant military intervention in Nigeria's political system.

In light of the current global developments, especially in relation to density decline of trade union membership and the role trade unions are expected to play in industrial relations, The Impact of Political Action on Labour Movement Strength explores the consequences of government action and the economic and political policies on union membership and clout. This book investigates the forms of political action undertaken by trade unions and reviews the conditions under which these actions succeed or fail, whilst exploring how trade unions balance this function in relation to their main aim of collective bargaining.

Michael Oyelere is a lecturer in the Business and Management Faculty at Regent's University London, UK. Previously, he was Doctoral Research Student at Middlesex University Business School, UK, during which he taught HRM and OB modules at different levels. He has also taught on the MA and MBA programmes at the University of East London, UK.

PART I: AN OVERVIEW
1. An Introduction
2. Industrial Relations Development: Perspectives from Advanced Economies
3. Contemporary Theories and Union Actions
PART II: THE NIGERIA'S CONTEXT AND CASE STUDY ORGANISATIONS
4. Political Developments and the Labour Movement
5. Case Study Organisations
PART III: POLITICS AND TRADE UNIONS
6. Political changes and Trade Unions
7. Economic Factors affecting Trade Unions
8. Unions Socio-Political and Economic Actions
PART IV: THE STATE AND PREDICAMENTS OF LABOUR MOVEMENT
9. State of labour movement in Nigeria
10. Future of Industrial Relations in Emerging Economies

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