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Russian Trade Unions and Industrial Relations in Transition

Sarah Ashwin, Simon Clarke
Palgrave Macmillan (December 2002)

Many commentators expected the Russian trade unions to collapse along with the system of which they were an integral part, but the trade unions survived the storms of the Yeltsin era by adopting a strategy of 'social partnership'. This book, based on casestudies and survey research in eight Russian regions, provides a detailed account of the development of trade unionism in Russia since the collapse of the soviet system.

Against the background of the role of the trade unions in the soviet system, the book reviews the political role, structure and functions of the trade unions, the development of social partnership at federal and regional levels, and provides a detailed account of the activity of the trade unions at the level of the enterprise. The book concludes with a critical assessment of the Russian unions' strategy of 'social partnership' and locates it in comparative perspective.

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