Trade Union Membership and Influence 1999-2009

Publication date: 10 Jun 2010 | Publication type: Conference and seminar output | Theme: Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J | JEL Classification: J51; J53

In this presentation, made at a DBIS seminar on trade union membership, we analyse the continued decline of trade unions and examine the possible implications for workers, employers, and unions themselves. The research focuses particularly on the fortunes of trade unions in the decade or so since New Labour first came to power. It assesses the extent and nature of changes in union membership and bargaining coverage since the late 1990s, and also examines trends in union effects on wages, non-wage benefits and workplace performance. New analyses of data from the Quarterly Labour Force Surveys and British Social Attitudes Surveys are combined with an overview of other empirical research on patterns of unionisation and union effects in order to provide an overview of unions' position in the British economy at the end of the Noughties.
To be published in the 3rd edition of the State of Working Britain.

Keyword tags: 
trade unions, wages

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