Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment
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Handbook of the Politics of Labour, Work and Employment

Edited by Gregor Gall

Providing a thorough overview of the political nature and dynamics of the world of work, labour and employment, this timely Handbook draws together an interdisciplinary range of top contributors to explore the interdependent relationship between politics and labour, work and employment. The Handbook explores the purpose, roles, rights and powers of employers and management, workers and unions, states and governments in the age of globalised neo-liberalism.
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Chapter 7: The politics and diversity of worker representation: the increasing fluidity and challenge of representation

Miguel Martínez Lucio and Stephen Mustchin


This chapter outlines a variety of debates on the nature of worker representation, especially with regard to unions. The issues of the purpose, nature, operation and changes in worker representation are an important dimension of the study of industrial relations. The chapter starts with a basic outline of competing views of labour unionism concerning whether its role within capitalist industrial relations is influential or tangential, and how. It then focuses on issues related to levels of worker representation and how it is essential to comprehend the different levels at which unions operate.

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