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Union decline in Britain: is chauvinism also to blame?

Event date
Wednesday, 4 February, 2015
Event time
12:00 to 13:30
Event place
Event Type
Offline Event
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As part of our External Seminar series in which academics present their work to NIESR staff and special guests, on Wednesday 4th February we will have Getinet Haile, (University of Nottingham, UK & IZA, Bonn, Germany) discussing work he did on the union decline in Britain, and we would pleased for you to attend.

This paper examines if the changing gender composition of workplaces in Britain has contributed to the decline of workplace union density. It uses identity-based explanation and undertakes empirical analysis using data from the 2004 and 2011 WERS. The findings in the paper reveal that the increase in the share of women in workplaces has indeed contributed to the decline in workplace union density. An investigation into the characteristics of those who ended their union membership also reveals that women are unlikely to be the culprits. These findings may mean that unions need to embrace the changing workplace demography genuinely to improve their fate.


To RSVP and for Seminar Enquiries:

Email: l.pieri [at] niesr.ac.uk

Tel: 020 7654 1931


Speaker:  Getinet Haile (University of Nottingham)

Date: Wednesday 4th February 2015

Time: 12.00pm-1.15pm, followed by a light lunch

Venue: NIESR, 2 Dean Trench St, Smith Square, London SW1P 3HE