trade unions

Employee Voice and Private Sector Workplace Outcomes in Britain, 1980-2004

Non-union direct voice has replaced union representative voice as the primary avenue for employee voice in the British private sector. This paper provides a framework for examining the relationship between employee voice and workplace outcomes that explains this development. As exit-voice theory predicts, voice is associated with lower voluntary turnover, especially in the case of union voice. Union voice is also associated with greater workplace conflict and poorer productivity. Non-union voice is associated with better workplace financial performance than other voice regimes.

The end of trade unionism as we know it?

The number of workers belonging to trade unions has declined markedly since the Conservative government's reforms of the mid-1980s. Alex Bryson and David Blanchflower explore the changing<br />

nature of British unions and whether their decline really matters for employees and firms.

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