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An Exploratory Study of Millennials’ Perceptions of Trade Unions in Ireland.

Davin, Aoife (2020) An Exploratory Study of Millennials’ Perceptions of Trade Unions in Ireland. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This study aims to look at Irish millennials’ perceptions of trade unions and involves participants from both the public and private sectors. The literature indicates that in Ireland, and internationally, union density and membership is decreasing and that globally, millennials are not members of unions. The research aims to look at this from an Irish perspective and see whether Irish millennials shared the same views.

The research uses a qualitative method of semi-structured interviews with six participants. The interviews were transcribed using thematic analysis with numerous themes and secondary themes extracted. These findings were then be discussed in relation to the literature and previous studies.

The research shows that Irish millennials do indeed replicate the feelings of their international counterparts when it comes to the unions and have wholly negative views of the unions. The factors helping to shape these perceptions and choice of non-membership emerged under the main themes of word of mouth, media, legislation and rights, union behaviour, loyalty and preference for internal resolution. Additionally, the limitations of the research are discussed as well as both practical and research implications.

Key Words: Trade Unions, Millennials

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Employment Rights
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management > Human Resource Management
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Dan English
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 13:34
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2021 13:34
URI: http://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/4589

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