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Title: Union weakness in Hong Kong : workplace industrial relations and the Federation of Trade Unions
Authors: Chan, AW 
Snape, E
Keywords: Climate
Dual union-organization commitment
Industrial relations
Union commitment
Union roles
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Source: Economic and industrial democracy, 2000, v. 21, no. 2, p. 117-146 How to cite?
Journal: Economic and industrial democracy 
Abstract: This article examines the weakness of Hong Kong unions at the workplace, focusing on the Hong Kong Federation of Trade Unions (FTU). The FTU has adopted a more outward-looking approach to organizing, but some question the FTU's ability to balance the effective representation of workers with its association with the government, raising the question of whether the weakness of Hong Kong unions may be attributable to continued 'industrial pacifism'. The analysis suggests that the weakness of unions at the workplace may in some cases owe something to the policies of the unions, but that in general the causes of union weakness are rather more complex. In particular, management hostility towards unions makes it difficult for them to effectively represent their members, while employee apathy is a significant problem.
ISSN: 0143-831X
EISSN: 1461-7099
DOI: 10.1177/0143831X00212002
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