Trade unions may be good for some workers but, overall, detrimental to the economy

TOPIC : Trade unions may be good for some workers but, overall, detrimental to the economy. Therefore, union busting should be regarded as a totally legitimate activity’. Discuss.


Essential reading includes, but it is not limited to (can be found on the internet (pdf) :


Budd, J. W. (2004a) Achieving Decent Work by Giving Employment and Human Face. Geneva: ILO.


Budd, J. W. (2004b) Labour Relations: Striking a Balance. NY: McGraw-Hill. Chapter 2: Labour Unions: Good or Bad?


Bread and Roses (UK, 2000)


Global Competitiveness Report.


Hyman, R. (2001) Between Class, Market and Society. ‘Introduction’. London: Sage.


Koen, C. I. (2005) Comparative International Management, London: McGraw-Hill. Chapter 12: Globalisation.


Levitt, M. J. (1993) Confessions of a Union Buster, New York: Crown Publishers. Foreword, Prologue (1-5), Chapter ‘Poison’ (pp. 239-259); Epilogue (287-290).


Logan, J. (2004) The Fine Art of Union Busting, New Labor Forum, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 77-91.


Data on trade union member and density. OECD; Eurofound; and Worker Participation EU.


Sorge, A., Noorderhaven, N., and Koen, C. (2015) Comparative International Management. Second Edition. Abingdon: Routledge. Chapter 11: Globalisation


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