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

  • Alex Bryson
  • Rafael Gomez

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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