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Wright, C.F., and Brown, W.

From Centre Stage to Bit Player: Trade Unions and the British economy

Singapore Economic Review

Vol. 59(4) pp. 1-20 (2014)

Abstract: Over the past 30 years, British unions have been marginalised from economic policymaking. Union membership and collective bargaining coverage have fallen dramatically, and the sometimes negative economic impact of unions at the workplace level has disappeared. While strong unions were once key contributors to macroeconomic problems such as high inflation, the weakening of organised labour has created other economic problems for policymakers in Britain, such as rising inequality. The social and political consequences of deepening inequality may force a reconsideration of the role of both the state and of unions in upholding labour standards

Keywords: economic policy, industrial relations, labour market policy, trade unions, wage determination

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