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Organising methods and member recruitment in Irish Trade Unions

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dc.contributor.author Turner, Thomas
dc.contributor.author O'Sullivan, Michelle
dc.contributor.author D'Art, Daryl
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-08T08:34:45Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-08T08:34:45Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Turner, T., O’Sullivan, M. and D’Art, D. (2011) ‘Organising Methods and Member Recruitment in Irish Trade Unions’, Employee Relations, Vol. 33, No. 5: 516-531 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/2583
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Purpose This paper explores the recruiting and organising methods used by Irish full-time union officials to recruit new members in the private sector of the economy. Design/methodology/approach The analysis is based on a survey of full-time union officials in eight Irish trade unions. Findings Results indicate that the use of organising techniques by officials had no significant impact on changes in membership numbers but did have a significant and positive impact on reported changes in new members. However, the variance explained was extremely modest. Research limitations and implications A potential limitation is that we assess the organising model solely from the perspective of full-time union officials. An area for future research would be to capture the attitudes and experiences of local activists involved in organising. Practical implications The demands of the organising approach require great commitment in terms of time and financial resources for unions. Yet the returns from this investment may be slight as we found only a relatively weak relationship between the number of organising methods used and changes in membership numbers and the recruitment of new members. Originality/value of paper To date there has been little systematic study of either the recruitment methods used by Irish trade unions or the relative success of different approaches. Based on a survey of Irish full-time union officials this paper attempts to address this lacuna en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Employee Relations;33(5), pp. 516-531
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/01425451111153880
dc.subject union recruitment en_US
dc.subject organising methods en_US
dc.subject private sector en_US
dc.title Organising methods and member recruitment in Irish Trade Unions en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.authorcontactother michelle.osullivan@ul.ie

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