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Power in the Skies: Pilot Commitment and Trade Union Power in the Civil Aviation Industry

Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations

ISBN: 978-1-78190-377-3, eISBN: 978-1-78190-378-0

ISSN: 0742-6186

Publication date: 22 November 2012

Abstract

This chapter discusses the power of trade unions within the UK civil aviation industry, focusing specifically on the British Air Line Pilots’ Association (BALPA) that represents flight crew. The deleterious effects of the contemporary legislative and competitive environment of air transportation on the ability of BALPA to exact concessions from airline management are discussed as are the changes to the nature of work of flight crew that impact on the structural dimensions from which BALPA derives its power. These are weighed against the associational dimension of BALPA's power base, in particular the willingness of pilots to engage in active militancy. The chapter also considers possible organizing strategies for BALPA in order to challenge managerial prerogative in the industry.

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Citation

Harvey, G. and Turnbull, P. (2012), "Power in the Skies: Pilot Commitment and Trade Union Power in the Civil Aviation Industry", Lewin, D. and Gollan, P.J. (Ed.) Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (Advances in Industrial & Labor Relations, Vol. 20), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 51-74. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2012)0000020005

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