The Extent to Which Labor Unions Can Influence Human Resrouce Practices in Bahrain

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THE EXTENT TO WHICH LABOR UNIONS CAN INFLUENCE HUMAN RESROUCE PRACTICES IN BAHRAIN

BY AFAF ABDUL AZIZ

OPEN UNIVERSITY MALAYSIA

THE EXTENT TO WHICH LABOR UNIONS CAN INFLUENCE HUMAN RESOURCE PRACTICES IN BAHRAIN

BY AFAF ABDUL AZIZ

Project Paper Submitted in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Master of Human Resources

Open University Malaysia (May 2010)

ABSTRACT
Labor unions are legal organizations that consists of a group of workers who have banded together to bargain with employers on behalf of workers. The primary role of labor unions is to fight for better rights, working condition, wages, hours and benefits for workers. On the other hand side, management always introduces and implements certain Human Resource practices that utilizes Human resources in building a sustainable competitive advantage and improve organizational performance. The aim objective of this project paper was to examine the extent to which labor unions can influence HR practices. This objective was achieved by studying the factors that add to the power of labor unions and increase their strength and to find out that do companies with strong labor union influence will adopt on Soft or Hard practice. Personal interview survey was the basic research design used to gather the necessary data. Ten union leaders were selected using probability sampling. The personal interview questionnaire was structured in two sections addressing labor unions issues and HR Practices in companies. The data analysis reveals that union density, qualities and characteristics of union leader, union management cooperation, relationship with labors and membership quality and training and key factors in influencing and increasing union’s power and strength. Moreover, results show that strong trade unions can influence a company’s HR practice by adopting softer Human Resource practices than hard ones.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Utmost Thanks to Allah (the Almighty, the most Guidance, the most Helpful) that were enabled to accomplish all these achievements. I am heartily thankful to my supervisor, Mr. Isa Al Jeeran, whose encouragement, guidance and support from the initial to the final level enabled me to develop an understanding of the subject and to make this project paper success. Closer to home, I would like to acknowledge the support of my beloved husband who inspired, encouraged me while working on this project paper. God bless you. Lastly, I offer my regards and blessings to all of those who supported me in any respect during the completion of the project paper.

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PROJECT PAPER SUBMISSION FORM
Name of Student: Matriculation No.: 51070232

Director Centre for Graduate Studies Open University Malaysia

Dear Sir, Attached are the following documents for your evaluation and examination. (i) (ii) (iii) (iv) (v) (vi) Chapter 1: Introduction. Chapter 2: Literature Review. Chapter 3: Methodology. Chapter 4: Results and Analysis. Chapter 5: Discussion Chapter 6: Summary & Conclusion

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