community unionism

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Is a form of trade unionism which seeks to operate beyond the workplace within the wider, geographical community; that is, the city, town, district, or region. Community unions engage in local politics and the wider civic life of their community and seek to develop coalitions with other groups and social movements, such as faith, community, and identity groups. They may also become involved in programmes directed at local economic development; for example, by agreeing programmes with government agencies and employers to update skills within the local workforce. In the UK, there is a union called Community, formed by the merger of unions representing iron and steel, textile and footwear, and blind workers. In Britain and the United States, community unionism is associated with the campaign for a living wage.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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