Archives for January 11th, 1999

UNIONS ON DOWNHILL SLIDE

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 1999

A new survey indicates that unless attitudes to unions change – both among workers and employers – membership will continue to decline.’The Dynamics of Union Membership in Britain’ analyses patterns of union membership at work, looking at factors which affect decisions to belong to a trade union and whether these have changed since the 1970s.

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KEEP EDUCATION DEMOCRATIC

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 January, 1999

Local government leaders are concerned at plans announced by Education Secretary David Blunkett to clamp down on councils which fail local schools.The Government says that if local education authorities fail to provide adequate support to schools in their area, it is prepared to take the service away from authorities, handing the job to neighbouring councils, or even consultants from the private sector.

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COMMITMENT AMONG PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES

Abstracts, PublicNet: 11 January, 1999

Young B S, Worchel S, Woehr D JPublic Personnel Management, (USA), Autumn 1998 Vol 27 No 3

Start page: 339. No of pages: 10

Tests out the hypothesis that organizational commitment among blue-collar workers will be more closely related to extrinsic rewards, such as pay and promotion, than to intrinsic rewards, such as autonomy and feedback on their job performance. Uses a sample of 64 employees for a public services department in the USA to analyse their attitudes to their jobs and the factors that affected their commitment to their work. Finds that, contrary to expectations, extrinsic rewards were no more important than intrinsic rewards in predicting the organizational commitment of the blue-collar workers. Considers the implications of this for managing this group of employees.

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