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Women, Power and Trade Union Government in the UK


  • Geraldine Healy
  • Gill Kirton


This paper addresses the under-explored relationship between women's structures and union democracy and argues that women's structural progress is mediated by an enduring gendered oligarchy and an associated struggle to access power resources. It provides, first, an analysis over time of women's structures in UK unions, and second, a case-study analysis of the Manufacturing, Science and Finance (MSF) trade union. The analysis over time demonstrates women's progress in achieving positional power, but conceals the complexity of the way different resources are used to constrain and enable women trade unionists. Copyright Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics 2000.

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  • Geraldine Healy & Gill Kirton, 2000. "Women, Power and Trade Union Government in the UK," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 38(3), pages 343-360, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:38:y:2000:i:3:p:343-360

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    5. Geraldine Healy & Gill Kirton, 2013. "The Early Mobilization of Women Union Leaders — A Comparative Perspective," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 51(4), pages 709-732, December.
    6. Haile, Getinet Astatike, 2012. "Union Decline in Britain: Is Chauvinism Also to Blame?," IZA Discussion Papers 6536, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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