Unions in a Changing World

Problems and Prospects in Selected Industrialized Countries

Shauna Olney
Release Date: February 1, 1997

The trade union movement is facing a time of profound change throughout the world. But what is the nature and extent of these changes? And can appropriate solutions be found?

The core of this thought-provoking book consists of reports from trade union confederations in eight countries–Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The book analyzes the changes that unions have been undergoing in order to adjust to economic, technological, and social changes. It discusses unions’ internal structures and strategies, including improving efficiency, cooperation with other groups, research, special services, training, and public relations. It also examines the effects of an increasingly diverse workforce and changing attitudes toward work on union influence and members.