A form of trade union organization which brings together workplace representatives from all the separate establishments within a multi-site enterprise. For example, the combine committee in a large manufacturing company would consist of delegates from each plant who would elect the committee's senior representatives. In the UK in the 1970s, combine committees were an important feature of industrial relations and were often viewed as rival organizations to ‘official’ trade unionism. They continue to exist but are now much less prominent and influential, reflecting the general decline in workplace trade unionism in the intervening period.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.