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150 years of the Trades Union Congress – reflections on the past and challenges for the future

Paul Nowak (Trades Union Congress, London, UK)
Andy Hodder (Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK)

Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Article publication date: 8 February 2019

Issue publication date: 8 February 2019

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to look back on 150 years of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) and reflect on the recent challenges to organised labour.

Design/methodology/approach

Places unions in their current context and discusses how they have responded to the challenge of declining membership.

Findings

With declining membership levels and the lack of a “silver bullet” solution, unions continue to face many challenges, although there is some light at the end of the organising tunnel.

Originality/value

This paper introduces the special issue which reflects on 150 years of the TUC.

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Citation

Nowak, P. and Hodder, A. (2019), "150 years of the Trades Union Congress – reflections on the past and challenges for the future", Employee Relations, Vol. 41 No. 2, pp. 270-278. https://doi.org/10.1108/ER-12-2018-0323

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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