Organising to win: a programme for trade union renewal

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Kevin Curran
Date of publication
6 September 2006
Social Policy
Social welfare
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The purpose of this pamphlet is to spark a debate among trade unionists about the present and future of trade unionism and to try and create models that renew a strong and vibrant trade union movement. Despite a growing economy and a more benign political environment trade union membership is still in decline. Trade unions need to rethink their strategies, resources and organisation to meet the threat of decline and rise to the opportunity of a pressurised workforce in a global environment. This pamphlet outlines the challenges and the opportunities the trade union movement faces and offers suggestions on how to re-organise and restructure unions to make them more effective. Included among these is the proposal to reform unions through creating single union environments (SITUEs) in every multi-union workplace. This would radically transform the effectiveness and efficiency of the movement; instead of wastefully competing for members a system based on SITUE, administered by a reinvigorated Trades Union Congress (TUC), would ensure higher standards of service at minimal cost.

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