A Comparative Analysis of Concepts and Contexts
This book examines the concept of 'community unionism', which argues that the future of the labour movement and industrial relations lies with the community and local labour markets. Providing a conceptual overview of the term, the book uses international case studies and draws on faith-based organizations to explore the issue.
Discussion of what has been termed 'Community Unionism' (CU) traverses a range of disciplines, including geography, sociology and industrial relations. While the term is being used more extensively, it tends to be loosely deployed and often in such a variety of ways as to generate as much confusion as clarity. This book draws out the different meanings, including a range of the variations, of the term CU. The case studies presented in this book raise a number of issues important to the process of CU and its potential for success, including the nature of CU; the impact of geography; the sustainability of CU initiatives; the role played by activists in building trust between trade unions, community and faith groups; the potential problems presented to traditional trade unionism in acting beyond the workplace; the diversity of CU initiatives and whether CU offers the prospect of an alternative form of trade unionism.
PART I: UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITY UNIONISM Introduction; P.Stewart, J.McBride, I.Greenwood, J.Stirling, J.Holgate, A.Tattersall, C.Stephenson C.Stephenson J.Holgate Strategies in Search of Structures: The Real World of Community Unionism in Relation to Black and Minority Ethnic Communities; M.Martinez Lucio I.Fitzgerald PART III: COMPARATIVE STUDIES OF COMMUNITY UNIONISM Beyond Organized Labour in Japan: The Case Study of the Japan Community Union Federation; P.Stewart K.Moody Using their Sword of Justice: The NSW Teachers Federation and its Campaigns for Public Education between 2001 and 2004; A.Tattersall Union Revitalisation and the CAW: Reconnecting Unions with Local Communities; I.Byford Conclusion; I.Greenwood