Publisher description for A comparison of the trade union merger process in Britain and Germany / Jeremy Waddington, Marcus Kahmann & Jurgen Hoffman.


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Trade unions in Europe are currently facing a series of challenges that stem from changes to regulatory and production regimes implemented by the state and employers, in order to compete in an increasingly internationalized economy. In response to these challenges trade union movements have been dramatically restructuring; long-standing principles of organization have been jettisoned in an attempt to develop new structures. Central to this process of structural adaptation are the mergers of trade unions.

This book focuses on the merger process in Britain and Germany and reviews the wider implications of these developments particularly for North America. As well as addressing the reasons for mergers, the book also examines the process whereby mergers are concluded and analyzes the costs and benefits of the post-merger organization. Drawing on interviews conducted with senior policy-makers engaged in merger processes, A Comparison of the Trade Union Merger Process in Britain and Germany explores the extent of internal union reform brought about by the merger process and also identifies the implications of this reform for trade unions worldwide.




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Labor unions -- Mergers -- Great Britain.
Labor unions -- Mergers -- Germany.