WERS

The added value of trade unions - New analyses for the TUC of the Workplace Employment Relations Surveys 2004 and 2011

Background to the analysis

To inform debate over the 2016 Trade Union Act the TUC commissioned UCL/NIESR to undertake a three-pronged investigation on the nature of unions and their effects on employers and employees. This comprised:

  • a review of existing literature on union effects
  • new analyses of the Workplace Employment Relations Surveys (WERS)
  • a more detailed investigation of the links between unionisation and work/life balance.

This report focuses on the second element, namely the new analyses of WERS.

Work/life balance and trade unions - Evidence from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2011

To inform debate following the passage of the 2016 Trade Union Act the TUC commissioned UCL/NIESR to undertake a three-pronged investigation into the nature of unions and their effects on employers and employees:

An Assessment of the Changing Use of Flexible Employment and Implications for the National Minimum Wage, including Compliance

The purpose of this report is to describe changes over time in the use of flexible employment and to examine the relationship between these changes and the National Minimum Wage (NMW). It also aims to consider how the use of flexible employment has changed during the recent economic downturn and the potential implications of this for the NMW. Finally, it assesses how compliance with the NMW varies with the incidence of flexible employment.

Evolution of the Modern Workplace

summarises ESRC-funded research on a quarter century of industrial relations in Britain, 1980-2004