Edited by Gregor Gall
Chapter 7: The politics and diversity of worker representation: the increasing fluidity and challenge of representation
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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