The Paradox of Post-Communist Trade Unionism: “You can’t want what you can’t imagine”
2009 (English)In: The Economic and Labour Relations Review, ISSN 1035–3046, Vol. 20, no 1, 93-110 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article explores employee attitudes towards trade union membership in the context of the post-communist Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. It reports on a comparative empirical social survey of attitudes towards representation. We suggest that in addition to those employees who are union members and fall within an identifiable ‘representation gap’, there is an sizeable group of ‘undecided’ employees who could be persuaded to join trade unions, if they could see the relevance of collective representation. We argue that this relatively large group could be specific to the Central and East European countries, and employees who fall within the commonly understood representation gap in other countries can be found within this undecided group in Baltic countries. Trade unions therefore face a considerable challenge in proving their relevance to such employees, a problem that has wider resonances in a European context and may be more difficult to resolve in the Central and East European countries.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 20, no 1, 93-110 p.
Baltic States, post-communism, representation gap, trade unions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-56726DOI: 10.1177/103530460902000107OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-56726DiVA: diva2:321635