Industrial Action And Why People Go On Strike

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BMAN72391 Industrial Relations 2014-15 1st Semester Student ID: 9583100 Ques Method Industrial actions have changed in the UK over the last 50 years. And a lot have happened over the course of time. In this essay I will try to answer why the public sector have greater prevalence of industrial action than the private. I will base this on what happened during the course of history. I will also give some suggestions to what might happen in the future regarding industrial actions in the UK. Industrial action and why people go on strike Industrial action is defined as “the total range of behaviours and attitudes that express opposition and divergent orientations between owners and managers on one hand, and working…show more content…
But even though workers could go together, the employer could fire workers that joined unions. This also meant that workers could go on strike but the employer could fire them or sue them for possible damages (Hyman, 2003). Building on that, back in the 19th century a lot of legal regulation connected to the work place was not something that the British government wanted to pursue, as for example minimum wages, maximum working hours which of course also led to higher risk of uprisings. Dundon and Rollinson (2011) speaks about four reasons for strikes activity. The first one is economic reasons, it can be that employees think they don’t get enough pay. It is shown that this is often connected to economic cycles, where growth lasts for 20-30 years and then a period of the same length of stagnation, in the beginning of the stagnation phase, the workers still have high hopes at the same time as the employer starts to experience problems with profitability, and thus tension start to rise. The next reason for strike activity is the social values explanation, it tells that some jobs are tougher than others and people tend to stick together and a sense of solidarity comes with that, examples can be coal miners or wood cutters. They have a high tendency to engage in industrial action together as one unit. It is though
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