The Persistence of Union Membership within the Coalfields of Britain

36 Pages Posted: 24 Aug 2020 Last revised: 24 Jan 2023

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Huw Beynon

Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

Helen Blakely

Cardiff University

Alex Bryson

UCL ; National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR)

Rhys Davies

Cardiff University

Abstract

Spatial variance in union membership has been attributed to the favourable attitudes that persist in areas with an historical legacy of trade unionism. Within the UK, villages and towns located in areas once dominated coalmining remain among the strongest and durable bases for the trade union movement. This paper empirically examines the effect of living within or near these areas upon union membership. Those residing in ex-mining areas retain an increased propensity for union membership. However, this effect diminishes sharply with distance. The analysis reveals that particular places can serve as conduits of trade unionism, long after employment within traditional industries has vanished.

Keywords: spill-over, spatial variance, union membership, coalmining

JEL Classification: J50, J51

Suggested Citation

Beynon, Huw and Blakely, Helen and Bryson, Alex and Davies, Rhys, The Persistence of Union Membership within the Coalfields of Britain. IZA Discussion Paper No. 13615, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3679021 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3679021

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Cardiff University - School of Social Sciences

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Rhys Davies

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