Trade Union Membership and Influence 1999-2009

Publication date: 1 Sep 2010 | Publication type: NIESR Discussion Paper | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity, Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J | JEL Classification: J51; J31; L25 | NIESR Discussion Paper Number: 362

This paper analyses the continued decline of trade unions in Britain and examines the possible implications for workers, employers, and unions themselves. Membership of trade unions declined precipitously in the 1980s and 1990s. The rate of decline has slowed in the most recent decade, but we find that unions remain vulnerable to further erosion of their membership and influence.

Keyword tags: 
trade unions
workplace performance