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Cowell, Noel M.; Crick, Anne P.; Wint, Alvin G.
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Department of Management Studies
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Workplace governance and the future of trade unionism in the Jamaican private sector
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2nd Annual Department of Management studies Colloquim, reflections on changing patterns of workplace governance
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February 2002
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Mona, UWI
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Abstract
Suggests that the trade unions once dominant in Jamaica's industrial relations have seen in more recent times, a decline in their fortunes and that the trade union movement now cowers in the face of a newly assertive managerialism and is occupied primarily with negotiating the separation of its members from their jobs. These developments raise questions about the future of trade unions and the likely pattern of worker representation and workplace governance. The paper sets out to answer such questions as: what are some of the factors accounting for the present state of Jamaican unionism? what are the prospects for the survival of unions? what role if any, will they play in the future of workplace governance in Jamaica. It begins with a stylised history of the Jamaican trade union movement; it then considers the extent of the crisis faced by the movement. A brief explanation is offered for the situation and finally some strategic options are proposed.....
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