Angels in red? patterns of union membership amongst UK professional nurses

  • Paul Bagguley

Abstract

There is little doubt that nurses are represented by unions and quasi-professional organizations with quite different policies and strategies in the defence of their members’ interests. This diversity is not a new phenomenon with the RCN (Royal College of Nursing) and with similar, but much smaller, quasi-professional organizations attempting to pursue a fairly orthodox professionalization strategy. In contrast, COHSE (the Confederation of Health Service Employees) organizes psychiatric nurses in particular in a more conventional trade union fashion (Carpenter 1988; Lewis 1976). The differences in strategic approaches were evident during the health disputes of the 1970s (Lewis 1976: 645–7), and have recently been brought to the fore again in disputes with management and government.

Keywords

Milton 

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Abel-Smith, B. 1960. A History of the Nursing Profession. London: Heinemann.Google Scholar
  2. Bagguley, P. 1988. A Report of a Study of Turnover and Work Dissatisfaction amongst UK Professional Nurses. Department of Sociology, Cartmel College, Lancaster University, Lancaster.Google Scholar
  3. Bain, G. S. and Price, R. 1983. Union growth: dimensions, determinants, and density. In G. S. Bain (ed.), Industrial Relations in Britain. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.Google Scholar
  4. Beaumont, P. B. and Elliott, J. 1989. Individual employee choice between unions: some public sector evidence from Britain. Industrial Relations Journal 22: 119–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Bellaby, P. and Oribabor, P. 1977. The growth of trade union consciousness among general hospital nurses viewed as a response to ‘proletarianisation’. Sociological Review 25(3).Google Scholar
  6. Bellaby, P. and Oribabor, P. 1980. ‘The history of the present’ — contradiction and struggle in nursing. In C. Davies (ed.), Rewriting Nursing History. London: Croom Helm.Google Scholar
  7. Birch, J. 1975. To Nurse or Not to Nurse: An Investigation into the Causes of Withdrawal during Nurse Training. London: Royal College of Nursing.Google Scholar
  8. Bosanquet, N. (ed.) 1979. Industrial Relations in the NHS — the search for a system. London: King Edward’s Hospital Fund for London.Google Scholar
  9. Briggs, A. 1972. Report of the Committee on Nursing, Cmnd 5115. London: HMSO.Google Scholar
  10. Brown, R. 1976. Women as employees: some comments on research in industrial sociology. In D. Barker and S. Allen (eds), Dependence and Exploitation in Work and Marriage. London: Longman.Google Scholar
  11. Carpenter, M. 1988. Working for Health: the history of COHSE. London: Lawrence & Wishart.Google Scholar
  12. Dex, S. 1988. Women’s Attitudes to Work. London: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  13. Dyson, S. and Spray, K. 1979. Professional associations. In Bosanquet 1979.Google Scholar
  14. Latham, J. P. 1985. Absence from work at the Royal Albert Hospital, Lancaster. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Lancaster.Google Scholar
  15. Lewis, S. S. 1976. Nurses and trade unions in Britain. International Journal of Health Services 6(4).Google Scholar
  16. Mackay, L. 1988a. Career woman. Nursing Times 84(10).Google Scholar
  17. Mackay, L. 1988b. No time to care. Nursing Times 84(11).Google Scholar
  18. Mackay, L. 1989. Nursing a Problem. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.Google Scholar
  19. Mercer, G. 1979. The Employment of Nurses. London: Croom Helm.Google Scholar
  20. Moores, B. et al. 1983. An analysis of the factors which impinge on a nurse’s decision to enter, stay in, leave or re-enter the nursing profession. Journal of Advanced Nursing 8: 227–35.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. UKCC. 1987. Project 2000. London: United Kingdom Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.Google Scholar
  22. Waite, R. and Hutt, R. 1987. Attitudes, Jobs and Mobility of Qualified Nurses: A Report for the Royal College of Nursing. IMS Report No. 130. Brighton: Institute of Manpower Studies.Google Scholar
  23. Winchester, D. 1988. Sectoral change and trade-union organization. In D. Gallie (ed.), Employment in Britain. Oxford: Basil Blackwell.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Keith Soothill, Christine Henry and Kevin Kendrick 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Bagguley

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations