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union bureaucracy

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Is a pejorative term for the full-time officers of trade unions that expresses the belief that official trade unionism is often ineffective or neglectful in advancing the interests of ordinary union members. The term is also used to refer to a particular kind of relationship between union members and their representatives, in which the latter take decisions and devise policy on behalf of members and therefore encourage passivity and dependence. [See goal displacement, iron law of oligarchy, and rank-and-filism.]

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