Engaging Unionised Employees

  • Jan Hendrick Nel
  • Bennie Linde


This chapter identifies the approaches and interventions, which may have the greatest potential to increase the engagement levels of employees in a unionised environment. The synthesis of the results shows that engaging unionised employees presents different challenges to engaging non-unionised employees. The systematic review of the literature identified strategic narrative, trust and integrity, pluralist tendencies, environmental factors, collaborative partnership, union involvement, the employment relationship, employee voice, employee participation, human resource management practices, leadership and line manager behaviour as additional antecedents that may have the greatest potential to create and embed high levels of engagement in a unionised environment. These antecedents together with the already identified antecedents informed the framework in addressing the low levels of engagement in a unionised environment.


Additional antecedents Approaches and interventions Engagement levels Potential Unionised employees 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Hendrick Nel
    • 1
  • Bennie Linde
    • 2
  1. 1.People and Business SolutionsBDO South AfricaJohannesburgSouth Africa
  2. 2.Economic and Management FacultyNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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