Is the presence of two or more trade unions within a single workplace, enterprise, or industry. Multi-unionism is a relatively common feature of traditional industries in the UK and reflects the occupational basis of trade union organization. It has been criticized on the union side as leading to rivalry and division and on the employer side for reinforcing skill demarcations and generating inter-union disputes. These problems can be exaggerated, however, and in many organizations there are joint union committees and bargaining forums, which reduce some of the harmful effects of division. In recent years, the trend has been towards the rationalization of union representation through processes of union merger, derecognition of smaller unions by employers, and the creation of single-table bargaining arrangements.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.