Richard Hyman discusses the concept of “solidarities” with regard to trade unions. Once the bastion of “solidarity” for the workers’ collective good, they too have to adopt to changes in the workplace, shifting alliances and new realities. As the traditional models of work (and workers) disappear, how can trade unions adopt and what changes do they need to implement?
is Professor in Industrial Relations at the London School of Economics; editor of the European Journal of Industrial Relations; consultant to trade unions at national and European level, and to the International Labour Organisation. He has written extensively on democracy and conflict and control at work. His research focus is on trade unionism in Britain, continental Europe and the emerging regulatory regime within the European Union.