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Title: The Impact of Multinational Corporations (MNCs) on the operations of Trade Unions in a Globalized World: A Case Study of Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ)
Authors: Musonda, Lynn Mpundu
Keywords: Trade Unions
Multinational Unions
Issue Date: 25-Mar-2019
Publisher: ZCAS University
Citation: Harvard
Abstract: Purpose – This study aims to examine the impact of the operations of multinational corporations (MNCs) in trade unions in light of globalization. The study uses qualitative approach on the case study of the Mineworkers Union of Zambia – sampled using purposive sampling technique. Findings – The study finds that the trade unions are poorly prepared to operate in globalised world where the major market player are the multinational corporations. These MNCs have the financial muscle and human resource capacity to deflate any actions undertaken by the trade unions. Lastly, the study also undertakes to make recommendations of future actions to be undertaken by both the trade unions and the MNCs in order to create a win-win situation. Limitations – The lack of information on the activities of the trade unions and the apathy by union leaders to provide the required information is the major limitation of this research. However, this limitation does not compromise on the accuracy and validity of the findings. Recommendations – In order to fully achieve the multi-dimensional and sometimes conflicting goals of achieving improved worker welfare and the increased corporate profitability, managers and trade union leaders should be meeting regularly to map out new strategy and manage the dissemination of any information affecting the workers. Value – Generally, there are few studies that have been undertaken to show the impact on the operations of MNCs on trade unions, especially in Zambia, this study has a value in figuring out the connection linking the trade union
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