Trade unions and the challenge of fostering solidarities in an era of financialisation

Grady, J. and Simms, M. (2019) Trade unions and the challenge of fostering solidarities in an era of financialisation. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 40(3), pp. 490-510. (doi: 10.1177/0143831x18759792)

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This articles re-examines evidence that trade unions in the UK have struggled to renew themselves despite considerable investment of time and effort. It argues that financialisation in the realms of capital accumulation, organisational decision making and everyday life has introduced new barriers to building the solidarities within and between groups of workers that would be necessary to develop a stronger response to the catastrophic effects on labour of financialisation in general, and the financial crisis specifically. The crisis highlighted the weaknesses of trade unions as institutions of economic and industrial democracy, but has also given some opportunities to establish narratives of solidarity in spaces and platforms created within a financialised context.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Management of technology and innovation, strategy and management, general business, management and accounting, organizational behaviour and human resource management
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Simms, Professor Melanie
Authors: Grady, J., and Simms, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Economic and Industrial Democracy
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1461-7099
Published Online:23 March 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Economic and Industrial Democracy 40(3): 490-510
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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