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A strike that breaks out suddenly, and perhaps violently, without union authorization and in contravention of disputes procedure. Wildcats, therefore, are both unofficial and unconstitutional strikes. They can also be very dramatic events, unleashing pent-up discontent over wages, working practices, management style, and trade union failure. In the current period of labour quiescence, observers have noted not wildcat strikes but ‘wildcat cooperation’; in other words, a tendency for workers to reject union attempts to resist or negotiate change and to accept management demands for pay freezes, changes in work practice, and organizational restructuring.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.


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