The activities of the union strategy group are based on the belief that research which is theoretically sophisticated and empirically detailed is vitally important in the face of the current changes in the nature of work, the employment relationship and the strategies of governments and employers. Despite a generation of falling membership, unions remain the most common formal collective voice at work. As agents of collective bargaining, they affect the determination of wages and conditions of many employees beyond the ranks of their own membership. As agents of political exchange and action, they remain vital players in democratic societies.
In this intellectual and practical context, us: union strategy has five main aims and objectives:
- To bring together leading, international scholars undertaking research on union strategy to facilitate research collaboration;
- To disseminate research findings on union strategy in peer reviewed journal articles, conference papers and seminars;
- To encourage postgraduate researchers to undertake research on union strategy as well as to develop opportunities for research-led teaching;
- To increase opportunities for international researchers undertaking research on union strategy to work together and exchange ideas through seminars and workshops;
- To create strong links for research funding purposes with organisations interested in union strategy research.