Third Time Lucky for Statutory Union Recognition in the UK?

19 Pages Posted: 14 Jan 2003

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Stephen Wood

University of Sheffield - Institute of Work Psychology

Sian Moore

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)

Paul Willman

University of Oxford - Said Business School; University of Oxford - Said Business School

Abstract

A third statutory trade union recognition procedure was introduced in the UK in 2000. This paper explores the scope for increased recognition, employers' willingness to concede recognition, unions' response to the procedure and, finally, the use of it so far. The paper concludes that, while the procedure may be sustainable in the long run, its direct impact on union membership and recognition may be minimal. The indirect effect, through voluntary recognition will be greater. But any reversal in union decline will ultimately be dependent upon successful union recruitment well beyond their conventional territories.

Suggested Citation

Wood, Stephen J. and Moore, Sian and Willman, Paul, Third Time Lucky for Statutory Union Recognition in the UK?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=320665

Stephen J. Wood (Contact Author)

University of Sheffield - Institute of Work Psychology ( email )

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Sian Moore

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) ( email )

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Paul Willman

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

University of Oxford - Said Business School ( email )

Park End Street
Oxford, OX1 1HP
Great Britain

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