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Why Have Workers Stopped Joining Unions? The Rise in Never-Membership in Britain

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  • Alex Bryson
  • Rafael Gomez

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This paper tracks the rise in the percentage of employees who have never become union members ('never-member') since the early 1980s and shows that it is the reduced likelihood of ever becoming a member, rather than the haemorrhaging of existing members, that is behind the decline in overall union membership in Britain. We estimate the determinants of 'never-membership' and consider how much of the rise can be explained by structural change in the labour market and how much by change in preferences among employees. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2005.

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Article provided by London School of Economics in its journal British Journal of Industrial Relations.

Volume (Year): 43 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 67-92

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Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:43:y:2005:i:1:p:67-92

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  1. Rupayan Pal, 2008. "Estimating the Probability of Trade Union Membership in India - Impact of Communist Parties, Personal Attributes and Industrial Characteristics," Labor Economics Working Papers 22366, East Asian Bureau of Economic Research.
  2. John T. Addison & Alex Bryson & Paulino Teixeira & André Pahnke, 2010. "Slip sliding away: further union decline in Germany and Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 27775, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  3. Petri Böckerman & Roope Uusitalo, 2005. "Union membership and the erosion of the Ghent system: Lessons from Finland," Labor and Demography 0508008, EconWPA.
  4. Claus Schnabel & Joachim Wagner, 2005. "Who are the workers who never joined a union? Empirical evidence from Germany," Working Paper Series in Economics 12, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
  5. Magali Jaoul-Grammare & Isabelle Terraz, 2010. "Syndicalisation et croissance économique : y a-t-il une exception française ?," Working Papers of BETA 2010-25, Bureau d'Economie Théorique et Appliquée, UDS, Strasbourg.
  6. Rupayan Pal, 2008. "Estimating the Probability of Trade Union Membership in India: Impact of Communist Parties, Personal Attributes and Industrial Characteristics," Working Papers id:1669, eSocialSciences.

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