British Unions in Decline - Determinants of the 1980s Fall in Union Recognition

Disney, Richard and Gosling, Amanda and Machin, Stephen (1995) British Unions in Decline - Determinants of the 1980s Fall in Union Recognition. Industrial & Labor Relations Review, 48 (3). pp. 403-419. ISSN 0019-7939. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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This examination of establishment-level data from the Workplace Industrial Relations Surveys of 1980, 1984, and 1990 shows that the proportion of British establishments (that is, workplaces in both the private and public sector) that recognized unions for collective bargaining over pay and working conditions fell by almost 20% between 1980 and 1990. Largely accountable for this decline was a much lower rate of union recognition in establishments founded in the 1980s than in previous years, particularly in the private sector. Citing these findings, as well as recent structural changes in employment in the British labor market (such as the shift from manufacturing to services, from manual to non-manual employment, and from full-time to part-time work) and a government that continues to enact anti-union legislation, the authors foresee no reversal of unions' decline in the 1990s.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: P. Ogbuji
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2009 08:31
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