The Role of Unions in South Africa

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Collectivism, Unionisation and Union Influence: A decline? An investigation into the attitudes and perceptions of South African unionised employees in a single trade union. Shenaz Sheik Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree Masters- Industrial/Organisational Psychology (M.Soc.Sci) School of Psychology University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Howard College Supervisor: Mr. Dean Isaacs A decline in collectivism, unionisation and union influence? 1 Table of Contents 1. Chapter 1 1.1 Introduction 6 6 2. Chapter 2 2.1 Theoretical Framework- Literature Review 2.1.1 Unitarism 2.1.2 Pluralism 2.1.3 Marxism 2.1.4 Collectivism and Individualism 2.1.5 Neo-liberalism 2.1.6 Unionism 8 8 8 10 12 13 19 21 3. Chapter 3 3.1…show more content…
In perspective, further research has suggested that collective approaches to grievances in the workplace are fading away because workers are perhaps becoming more individualised in their working patterns and in their general dealings with employment relations (Deery & Walsh, 1999). In line with this, are South African unionised employees then becoming less committed to their union membership and the values of collectivism? In light of the above, an exploration into the mind-set of unionised employees towards collectivism and individualism is therefore useful. This study attempted to explore the attitudes and perceptions of South African unionised employees toward collectivism. In this regard the study endeavoured to investigate the extent to which the 21st centuries human resource and industrial relations practices are capable of reducing unionised employees‟ collectivist work orientations. It aimed to firstly unpack and understand the perceptions and attitudes of unionised employees toward their trade unions, second to determine the factors that affect an individual‟s preparedness to involve themselves in and partake in the daily activities of the union‟s internal organisation and thirdly the underlying reasons of union members‟ willingness to partake in industrial action. The findings of the study are based on research generated through the undertakings of interviews with eight
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