The crisis of public sector trade unionism: evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis

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Carter, B. and Kline, R. 2017. The crisis of public sector trade unionism: evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis. Capital and Class. 41 (2), pp. 217-237. https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816816678572
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TitleThe crisis of public sector trade unionism: evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis
AuthorsCarter, B. and Kline, R.
Abstract

This article contends that there is a growing, if uneven, crisis in public sector trade unionism masked by relatively high membership figures that obscure a weakening of trade unions in the workplace, leaving hollowed out organisation vulnerable to further legislative and employer-led onslaughts. The weakening is not inevitable but to overcome it requires a refocusing of organising efforts on the everyday concerns of members such as understaffing and the provision of better public services. Only with an engaged membership will national issues and wider campaigns have material force. Having outlined a general argument, the article takes as illustrative the nature and performance of trade unions, and particularly UNISON, during the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis.

KeywordsCrisis, Mid Staffordshire, public sector trade unions, workplace organisation
LanguageEnglish
PublisherSAGE Publishing
JournalCapital and Class
ISSN0309-8168
Electronic2041-0980
Publication dates
Online17 Nov 2016
Print01 Jun 2017
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Aug 2020
Accepted2016
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Carter, B., & Kline, R., The crisis of public sector trade unionism: Evidence from the Mid Staffordshire hospital crisis, Capital & Class (41(2), pp. 217–237. Copyright © 2016 (The Author(s)). DOI: 10.1177/0309816816678572

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0309816816678572
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