Trade Unions, Union Learning Representatives and Employer-Provided Training in Britain

30 Pages Posted: 5 Nov 2008

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Kim Hoque

Nottingham University Business School

Nicholas Bacon

Nottingham University Business School

Abstract

This article provides an empirical assessment of the relationship between trade union recognition, union density, union learning representatives (ULRs) and employer-provided training in British workplaces using linked employeremployee data from the 2004 Workplace Employment Relations Survey. The results suggest that the relationship between union recognition and training is, at best, weak. We find no consistent relationship between union density and training or between the presence of ULRs and training. We do, however, find some evidence of greater equality in the distribution of training in ULR workplaces than in other workplaces.

Suggested Citation

Hoque, Kim and Bacon, Nicholas, Trade Unions, Union Learning Representatives and Employer-Provided Training in Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 46, Issue 4, pp. 702-731, December 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1295626 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2008.00681.x

Kim Hoque (Contact Author)

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
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Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

Nicholas Bacon

Nottingham University Business School ( email )

Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB
United Kingdom

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