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Sharing the Pie: Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations in Multinationals in Bangladesh

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Monowar Hossain Mahmood

East West University, BD
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Using the ‘convergence-divergence’ thesis as the baseline for the study of industrial relations and trade union activities in multinational subsidiaries, the present study tried to investigate extent of the trade union activities and IR practices of MNCs in a developing country context, i.e. Bangladesh, as well as influence of the MNCs on trade unions and IR activities within the existing social and economic contexts. The study revealed that comparative power dominance of multinationals over the host country industrial relations actors emerge as the vital factor in employer-union bargaining process, as well as their capacity to manipulate the existing bargaining process also helped them to implement their desired practices in Bangladesh. However, multinationals were not in confronting mode at all the circumstances, but their potential lobbying power created difficulties for the employees and the trade unions to develop countervailing power in the collective bargaining process and IR activities.

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4038/sljhrm.v2i1.5103

Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management Vol.2(1) 2008 pp.28-45

How to Cite: Mahmood, M.H., (2013). Sharing the Pie: Trade Unionism and Industrial Relations in Multinationals in Bangladesh. Sri Lankan Journal of Human Resource Management. 2(1), pp.28–45. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljhrm.v2i1.5103
Published on 06 Jan 2013.
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