Sources of Variation in Trade Union Membership Across the UK: The Case of Wales

22 Pages Posted: 24 May 2012

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Huw Beynon

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

Rhys Davies

Cardiff University

Steve Davies

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

Date Written: May 2012

Abstract

This article deals with issues relating to trade union density and the fact that while over the past 30 years, union densities have followed a declining path in all regions, this retreat was not uniform across space. Analysis of the Labour Force Survey reveals that Wales exhibits among the highest levels of union density in the UK. The reasons for this are examined through statistical analysis, historical analysis and interview data. These analyses reveal that there appear to be intrinsic differences in the nature of workplace representation in Wales; one linked to a particular style of trade unionism supported by the authority of a devolved state that continue to contribute to higher levels of membership.

Suggested Citation

Beynon, Huw and Davies, Rhys and Davies, Steve, Sources of Variation in Trade Union Membership Across the UK: The Case of Wales (May 2012). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 43, Issue 3, pp. 200-221, 2012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2065649 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2012.00676.x

Huw Beynon (Contact Author)

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

Wales
United Kingdom

Rhys Davies

Cardiff University ( email )

Aberconway Building
Colum Drive
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3EU
United Kingdom

Steve Davies

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences ( email )

The Glamorgan Building
King Edward VII Avenue
Cardiff, Wales CF10 3WT
United Kingdom

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