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Union suppression and union substitution strategies of multinational enterprises in Ghana

Ayentimi, DT ORCID: 0000-0001-5952-3023, Burgess, J and Dayaram, K 2019 , 'Union suppression and union substitution strategies of multinational enterprises in Ghana' , Industrial Relations Journal, vol. 50 , pp. 379-398 , doi: 10.1111/irj.12264.

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Abstract

This article complements the literature by furthering the understanding of an ‘Africandimension’ of multinational enterprise (MNE) union avoidance. The evidence suggests that MNEs engaged in both union suppression and union substitution strategiesby (i) exploiting young employees’ apathy to promote opposition and indifference forunion organisation (evil stuff), (ii) implementing union member-centred employee retrenchment (fear stuff), (iii) using enterprise-level collective bargaining arrangementto suppress union bargaining power (fear and fatal stuff), (iv) exploiting thefragmented labour union environment to suppress union organisation (fatal and evilstuff) and (v) promoting individual employee voice and involvement mechanisms(sweet stuff). Although MNEs in Ghana engaged in both union suppression andunion substitution strategies, they appear to particularly favour the adoption of‘union suppression’ strategies and what might be termed as ‘corridor tactics’. Our article highlights four transitional issues underpinning the emerging success of ‘corridortactics’ in union suppression in a less developed host country.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Ayentimi, DT and Burgess, J and Dayaram, K
Keywords: Union suppression, Union substitution, MNEs
Journal or Publication Title: Industrial Relations Journal
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 0019-8692
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/irj.12264
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Copyright 2019 Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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