"Looking out of the black-hole" Non-union relations in an SME
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Using a single case study approach this paper provides empirical evidence about managerial practices in a small, non-unionised firm which represents many of the features characteristic of the black-hole of ``no unions and no HRM''. The efficacy of recent union organising strategies is explored against the ``context'' of pleasant and unpleasant employee experiences, paternalistic management and labour and product markets. It is argued that the ideology of a ``family culture'' is a significant barrier to a new organising model of unionism. Consequently, the evidence supports the case that small family-run firms can be exploitative and state support may be necessary to extend voice and collective representation.