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Workplace Change in Canada: Union Perceptions of Impacts, Responses and Support Systems


Gregor Murray, Pradeep Kumar, Sylvain Schetagne

January 1, 2000

Workplaces in Canada have experienced a wide variety of changes. There is growing evidence that they are becoming increasingly lean, insecure, stressful, unsafe and highly controlled. While there has been considerable analysis of workplace change and its effect on workers and firm performance, much less is known about the impact on unions. This paper presents highlights of the results of a major survey of unions on their perceptions of the impact of change initiatives and their responses to these initiatives.

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