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The Labour Market in WinterThe State of Working Britain$
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Paul Gregg and Jonathan Wadsworth

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587377

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199587377.001.0001

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Trade Unions

Trade Unions

(p.255) 17 Trade Unions
The Labour Market in Winter

Alex Bryson

John Forth

Oxford University Press

This chapter studies the decline of trade unions and its possible implications. It explains union membership, union density, and union bargaining coverage in British workplaces. It states that the largest voluntary organisation in Britain is trade unionism representing 7 million employees; negotiating for one-third of employees; and dominating workplace employment relations in the public sector; and influencing working life in the private sector.

Keywords:   trade unions, union membership, union density, union bargaining coverage, trade unionism, industrial relations, New Labour

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