Trade Unions and the 2016 UK European Union Referendum

Fitzgerald, Ian, Beadle, Ron and Rowan, Kevin (2020) Trade Unions and the 2016 UK European Union Referendum. Economic and Industrial Democracy. ISSN 0143-831X (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X19899483

Abstract

This article reports on pre and post interviews with trade union leaders and senior Trade Union Congress (TUC) and union officials who held campaign responsibilities for the 2016 UK European Union (EU) Referendum. We consider the development of union policy towards the EU, the determination of unions’ final positions, campaign resources and media, the arguments made and the drivers of and constraints upon active campaigning. Campaign intensity, resourcing and strategic decision-making varied widely across unions and was frustrated by resource constraints, fear of alienating members and in some cases lack of priority. We conclude that unions must be better prepared to commit material resources and national officers’ time so that campaign issues are effectively framed in terms of member concerns.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: European Union Referendum, Trade Union Policy and Campaigns, Migration, Social Europe
Subjects: L400 Social Policy
N100 Business studies
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Newcastle Business School
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2019 11:05
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2020 16:22
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/41738

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