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British Unions: Dissolution or Resurgence?

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  • Metcalf, David
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    Two-employees-in-five belong to a union in Great Britain. This is a higher density figure than those of our main EC partners, but it masks the longest sustained period of membership loss ever experienced. Union responses to the loss of a third of their members are examined. Mergers among unions will influence union organization and structure but will not affect total membership much. It is emphasized that their interaction with employers is of paramount importance in determining unions' future. Their dealings with present non-union members are of secondary importance. The state can play a key role too: further attacks on collectivism point to decay but encouragement of collective bargaining by a future government would lead to a resurgence in union fortunes. Copyright 1991 by Oxford University Press.

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    Article provided by Oxford University Press in its journal Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

    Volume (Year): 7 (1991)
    Issue (Month): 1 (Spring)
    Pages: 18-32

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    Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:7:y:1991:i:1:p:18-32

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    Cited by:
    1. David Metcalf, 2001. "British unions: dissolution or resurgence revisited," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20124, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    2. Pencavel, John, 2003. "The Surprising Retreat of Union Britain," IZA Discussion Papers 818, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. F. Green & Stephen Machin & D. Wilkinson, 1996. "Trade unions and training practices in British workplaces," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20684, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. David Metcalf, 2001. "British Unions: Dissolution or Resurgence Revisited," CEP Discussion Papers dp0493, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    5. Andy Charlwood, 2001. "Influences on trade union organising effectiveness in Great Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20111, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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