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Trade Union Membership and Influence 1999-2009


This paper analyses the continued decline of trade unions in Britain and examines the possible implications for workers, employers, and unions themselves. Membership of trade unions declined precipitously in the 1980s and 1990s. The rate of decline has slowed in the most recent decade, but we find that unions remain vulnerable to further erosion of their membership and influence.


Alex Bryson and John Forth

September 2010     Paper Number CEPDP1003

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This CEP discussion paper is published under the centre's Labour markets programme.