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Trade unions and the real Living Wage: survey evidence from the UK

Heery, Edmund ORCID:, Hann, Deborah ORCID: and Nash, David ORCID: 2018. Trade unions and the real Living Wage: survey evidence from the UK. Industrial Relations Journal 49 (4) , pp. 319-335. 10.1111/irj.12224

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This article uses evidence from a survey of accredited Living Wage Employers to examine the extent to which trade unions have supported, campaigned for and been involved in the introduction of the voluntary or ‘real’ Living Wage in the UK. It reports that while unions tended to view the adoption of the Living Wage favourably and to support its introduction they typically were not heavily involved either in the initial decision to adopt the standard or in its implementation. This pattern of findings, it is suggested, is consistent with the union response to corporate social responsibility initiatives and provides only limited support for the commonly argued position that ‘economic justice’ movements provide fertile ground for the development of union‐community coalitions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 18 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 30 July 2018
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 22:39

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