Unitarism and Employer Resistance to Trade Unionism

Niall Cullinane, Tony Dundon

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Active employer resistance to trade union recognition is often explained through the rubric of the unitary ideology. Yet, little attention has been devoted to an examination of unitarism as an explanatory construct for active employer hostility. This paper contributes to current knowledge and understanding on contemporary ideological opposition to unions, by placing unitarism under analytical scrutiny. Using empirical data from the Republic of Ireland, the paper applies a conceptual framework to a sample of non-union employers who actively resisted unionisation. The paper concludes by examining the ideological commitments uncovered and relevant implications.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2573-2590
JournalInternational Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number18
Early online date16 Mar 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • employer resistance to unions
  • ideology
  • unitarism


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