Transforming a Trade Union? An Assessment of the Introduction of an Organizing Initiative
Article first published online: 9 FEB 2009
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 47, Issue 1, pages 27–54, March 2009
How to Cite
Waddington, J. and Kerr, A. (2009), Transforming a Trade Union? An Assessment of the Introduction of an Organizing Initiative. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 47: 27–54. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00707.x
- Issue published online: 9 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 9 FEB 2009
- Final version accepted on 18 July 2008.
In 1995 Unison implemented a National Recruitment Plan, and, in 1997, a National Organizing and Recruitment Strategy, with the objective of reversing the decline in union density in the public sector. This article traces the development of these initiatives and assesses their results. The article shows that there is limited involvement of lay representatives in the National Organizing and Recruitment Plan, but that there is a positive relationship between participation in union programmes intended to promote organizing and the performance of individual branches.