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Union Strategy in the Indonesian and Malaysian Postal Industries

This article explores the implementation of Gahan's (1998) model on union strategy which consists of union aims, union methods, union tactics, and level of decision-making. Empirical data are provided from a qualitative analysis in the Indonesian and Malaysian postal industries. Research findings reveal that consultancy unionism is playing important roles in explaining the relationships among unions, workers, and employers in Malaysia, while partnership unionism best describing the union in Indonesia. The pattern of consultancy unionism strategy emphasise more on servicing and limited partnership with employers. The stronger organising solidarity from their members may improve their partnership in the interest of union survival facing tough competition in the postal business.

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