The Trends in Trade Union Membership in the UK

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    The Trends in Trade Union Membership in the UK

    • The general trend is downwards
      • This is thought to be because of the decline in union power, mainly due to Thatcher’s supply side policies
      • Also because of firms not recognising unions, and hence the union does not have the right to negotiate on behalf of its members
    • Within professional organisations, such as accountancy and teaching, membership of trade unions is stronger
    • A higher proportion of female workers are members of trade unions than men – 30% to 28%

     

    • The last four decades have seen a decline in labour disputes
      • As well as working days lost, there are two other measures of labour disputes:
        • Number of stoppages
        • Number of workers involved in stoppages

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