Have Unions Turned the Corner? New Evidence on Recent Trends in Union Recognition in UK Firms

22 Pages Posted: 25 May 2006

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Jo Blanden

London School of Economics; University of Surrey; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Stephen J. Machin

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

John Van Reenen

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance (CEP); Stanford Graduate School of Business; Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Abstract

This paper reports results from a recent survey conducted on unionization in over 650 firms in the private sector in the UK. The survey shows that since 1997 there has been a slight fall in derecognition, but a relatively large increase in union recognition. This increase in new recognition agreements is consistent with the idea that the incoming Labour government had a positive effect on the ability of unions to gain recognition, either through the 1999 legislation or more indirectly through changing the political climate.

Suggested Citation

Blanden, Jo and Machin, Stephen J. and Van Reenen, John Michael, Have Unions Turned the Corner? New Evidence on Recent Trends in Union Recognition in UK Firms. British Journal of Industrial Relations, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 169-190, June 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=903554 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8543.2006.00493.x

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