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Why do non-union employees want to unionise? Evidence from Britain

Charlwood, Andy (2001) Why do non-union employees want to unionise? Evidence from Britain. CEPDP, 498. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. ISBN 0753014718

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Abstract

The introduction of a statutory recognition procedure offers British unions the opportunity to reverse membership decline by organising non-union workers. The aim of this paper is to test theories of individual union joining in order to assess the likely impact of the new procedure on British union membership. Responses of a nationally representative sample of non-union employees to the question ''how willing would you be to join a union if one were available at your workplace?'' are analysed. Results suggest that the new legislation will cause union membership to rise among manual employees, but that unions will face a much harder challenge organising non-manual employees. Unless unions can change their environment, or change themselves then long-term decline is likely.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk
Additional Information: © 2001 A.Charlwood
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J51 - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D71 - Social Choice; Clubs; Committees; Associations
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2008 14:33
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:14
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/20116

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