University of Hertfordshire

  • Gregor Gall
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)356-375
Number of pages20
JournalIndustrielle Beziehungen
Publication statusPublished - 2008


Britain has been regarded as traditionally having had a ‘problem’ in its industrial
relations by virtue of the presence of sectionalism and multi-unionism. This article suggests that this analysis of sectionalism and multi-unionism being a ‘problem’ is very much bound up with employer perspectives and the specific context of the 1960s and 1970s. By contrast, in a period of retreat for labour unionism since 1979, sectionalism can be viewed in a different and more positive manner, whereby its resilience allows distinct, occupational interests to be more
effectively represented. The case of journalists, when contrasted with that of finance workers, is used to highlight this.

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