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date: 01 December 2020

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This article examines evidence about contemporary work and workers and then moves on to examine worker attitudes and responses towards management and trade unions. Evidence is drawn from as wide a range of countries as possible, but survey data on worker attitudes tends to come from the United Kingdom and the United States. In the light of this material, the initial arguments about the decline of unions and collective action can be reexamined. Many of the points in this article reflect an observation made long ago by two of the most acute observers of the capitalist mode of production: ‘In proportion as the bourgeoisie, i.e. capital, is developed, in the same proportion is the proletariat, the modern working class, developed’.

Keywords: management, trade unions, survey data, production, modern working class

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