Is a form of trade unionism advocated originally by critics of business unionism in the United States and Canada. Social movement unionism is a form of trade unionism that is mobilizing and campaigning and has three distinguishing features. First, it adopts broad goals oriented towards the achievement of social justice and is not confined to the narrow economic agenda of traditional collective bargaining. Second, it seeks to extend the terrain of union action outwards beyond the enterprise to the community and advocates the creation of broad labour-community alliances. Third, it seeks to recreate unions themselves as social movements which mobilize their members against workplace and wider social injustice. Although of North American provenance, the idea of social movement unionism has influenced academics and activists in the UK and Europe. It is associated with attempts to extend union organization to low-paid, marginal employees through aggressive organizing campaigns.
Subjects: Human Resource Management.