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An attempt by an employer to break and remove a trade union in order to secure a non-union workforce. Union busting has been a particular feature of North American industrial relations and may take the form of a concerted campaign to secure the legal decertification of a trade union. Such a campaign might include unethical and illegal tactics including the harassment of union members and attempts to bribe employees to surrender their membership (see captive audience meeting). Union busting can also refer to attempts to pre-empt unionization and frustrate attempts at union organizing. In North America, it is frequently conducted by specialist consultants, known colloquially as ‘union busters’. [See derecognition.]

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