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A feminist trade union agenda? The continued significance of class, gender and race.

Munro, Anne (2001) A feminist trade union agenda? The continued significance of class, gender and race. Gender Work and Organization, 8 (4). 454 -471. ISSN 0968-6673

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During the 1990s attempts to identify a feminist trade union agenda have focused on both the content and process of such a potential agenda. In a period in which trade unions have changed significantly, the general national agenda appears to be changing, acknowledging issues of importance to women. UNISON, Britain's largest trade union, has enshrined proportionality and fair representation in its constitution, developing national initiatives aimed at improving opportunities in work and in the union for women, black workers, manual workers, disabled workers, etc. who traditionally have been less well represented. Many issues affecting women generally have moved to centre stage, yet issues affecting women ancillary workers seem as excluded as ever. Through a study of cleaners in the National Health Service this article argues that workplace interests reflect wider social divisions, but in a variety of patterns depending on the social organization of work. Despite thewidening trade union agenda, particular interests — more specifically the workplace interests of working-class women and black women — continue to be neglected.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0968-6673
Electronic ISSN: 1468-0432
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminist: trade union; Class; gender; race; women; NHS;
University Divisions/Research Centres: The Business School
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 305 Social groups
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics > 331 Labor economics
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Item ID: 2051
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2008 14:46
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2013 16:35
URI: http://researchrepository.napier.ac.uk/id/eprint/2051

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