The Concept of Intra-Union Conflict

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Introduction
The concept of intra-union conflict is not much different from that of intra-group or intra-organizational conflict. However, before we delve into that argument, it is essential that we consider an authoritative view of the subject matter from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The ILO (2006) states that ‘Conflicts within the trade union movement’ is “A matter involving no dispute between the government and the trade unions, but which involves a conflict within the trade union movement itself, is the sole responsibility of the parties themselves.” This definition implies that trade unions like most other social organizations are prone to internal disputes and struggles. This is so because, as an ‘organization
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According to Wahlig, in either type of intragroup conflict, members are at risk of damaging personal relationships and failing to achieve common goals or objectives. In the context of trade unions, this could mean for example, distracting group members from being assertive during collective bargaining negotiations with management.
Causes of Intra-union conflict
The sources of intra-union conflict could be either internal or external. In the words of www.etu.org.za: Causes or sources of organizational conflict can be many and varied. The most common causes are the following:
• scarcity of resources (finance, equipment, facilities, etc)
• different attitudes, values or perceptions
• disagreements about needs, goals, priorities
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