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CentrePiece article
In brief: From the Webbs to the Web: a New Union Form?
Richard Freeman
June 2005
Paper No' CEPCP182:
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CentrePiece 10 (2) Summer 2005

An inappropriate pessimism dominates discussions of the future of unions. Yes, union density is falling in the private sector and union influence is falling in Britain and many other countries. And, yes, the finances of many unions are shaky. But some unions are responding to their difficulties by undertaking innovations using the internet that have the potential to improve union services and lower costs to members.

This paper has been published as:
Richard Freeman, 'From the Webbs to the Web:The Contribution of the Internet to Reviving Union Fortunes' in Susan Fernie and David Metcalf (eds.), Trade Unions: Resurgence or Demise?, Routledge, 2005