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Activists face bureaucrats: the failure of the Israeli social workers' campaign

Preminger, Jonathan ORCID: 2013. Activists face bureaucrats: the failure of the Israeli social workers' campaign. Industrial Relations Journal 44 (5-6) , pp. 462-478. 10.1111/irj.12029

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The Israeli social workers' campaign of 2011 enjoyed widespread support, a groundswell of rank-and-file participation, and democratic representation through new organisations pushing for a protracted struggle, yet the collective agreement seemingly imposed by the Histadrut fell far short of expectations. This article explains this discrepancy by asserting that the new organisations' ‘radical’ organising approach threatened the labour federation's long history of social partnership and its main strategies for retaining its hegemony. Thus incompatibility between the social partnership approach and the more radical ‘organising’ approach may explain the failure of a collective campaign and shed light on cases where the union appears to be suppressing or neutralising the aspirations of the workers it claims to represent

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
ISSN: 0019-8692
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2022 09:57

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