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Trade Unions, Union Learning Representatives and Employer-Provided Training in Britain

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  • Kim Hoque
  • Nicolas Bacon

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This article provides an empirical assessment of the relationship between trade union recognition, union density, union learning representatives (ULRs) and employer-provided training in British workplaces using linked employer-employee data from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. The results suggest that the relationship between union recognition and training is, at best, weak. We find no consistent relationship between union density and training or between the presence of ULRs and training. We do, however, find some evidence of greater equality in the distribution of training in ULR workplaces than in other workplaces. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2008.

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  • Kim Hoque & Nicolas Bacon, 2008. "Trade Unions, Union Learning Representatives and Employer-Provided Training in Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 46(4), pages 702-731, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:46:y:2008:i:4:p:702-731
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    1. Uschi Backes-Gellner & Yvonne Oswald & Simone Tuor Sartore, 2014. "Part-Time Employment—Boon to Women but Bane to Men? New Insights on Employer-Provided Training," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 67(4), pages 463-481, November.
    2. Francis Green & Alan Felstead & Duncan Gallie & Hande Inanc & Nick Jewson, 2016. "The Declining Volume of Workers’ Training in Britain," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 54(2), pages 422-448, June.

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