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Trade Unions and Training Practices in British Workplaces

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  • F Green
  • Stephen Machin
  • D Wilkinson

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We use establishment-level data from the 1991 Employers Manpower and Skills Practices Survey (EMSPS) and individual-level data from the Autumn 1993 Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) to investigate the links between training provision and workplace unionization. We focus on two training measures, an incidence variable and an intensity variable. Both are strongly positively related to whether unions are recognised in the workplace. Working in a unionized establishment substantially raises the probability of receiving training and the amount of training received by British workers. We view these results as confirming the potentially important role that British unions can play in developing skill formation.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0278.

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