From the TUC

Union futures

What’s going on globally? Two-day workshop

04 Feb 2012, By

The Work and Employment Research Unit (WERU) at Greenwich University is holding a two-day workshop on 31 May to 1 June about Transnational industrial relations and the search for alternatives. They’re looking for people to present papers, either academic papers or contributions from trade unionists and other actors in civil society: 300-word abstracts need to be submitted to [email protected] by…

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Better together

21 Oct 2011, By

I’m not on commission, and I’ve only met the bloke once, but if you are interested in what more we can do to rebuild and reinvigorate unions in the workplace and the community you could do worse than checking out ‘Together: how small groups achieve big things’ by Henry Hemming. This is not a ‘union…

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VIDEO: What are the challenges for unions?

28 Sep 2011, By Guest

You may have picked up Carl’s original posting a month or so ago on trade union membership.  But, in case you haven’t, here’s our first Organising Academy webinar on those figures and what they mean for unions.  Be great to hear your thoughts.

What does a trade union member look like?

15 Sep 2011, By

A subject that has long concerned unions, and therefore Unions21, is how we recruit the next generation of members. Recent joint TUC/Unions21 commissioned focus group research uncovered a number of distinct and clear barriers that prevent young people from joining the union movement. These were categorised into four main themes: Lack of awareness, Lack of…

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What role for unions in the future of workplace relations?

12 Sep 2011, By Guest

Trade unions are the subject of a new paper published by Acas (written by yours truly – apologies for the shameless self-promotion) as part of its Future of Workplace Relations discussion paper series. In the paper I draw on academic research to argue that unions continue to play an effective role in representing workers, as reflected…

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Unions and collective bargaining in Scandinavia: What lessons for Britain?

02 Aug 2011, By Guest

I’ve recently been looking at the lessons that British unions might be able to take from the Scandinavian countries such as Sweden and Denmark, where there is widespread political support for collective labour market regulation, with union membership and collective bargaining coverage both at enviably high levels. High bargaining coverage is one of the reasons…

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TUC/ESRC project bulletin

01 Aug 2011, By Guest

The July issue of the TUC/ESRC Unions, Collective Bargaining and Employment Relations research bulletin is now online. A range of themes relevant to British unions are explored in this issue, including: Collective bargaining in Scandinavia – what lessons for Britain? The opportunities for bargaining around the union learning agenda An overview of proceedings from the recent Roundtable on…

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