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The persistence of union membership within the coalfields of Britain

Beynon, Huw, Blakely, Helen ORCID:, Bryson, Alex and Davies, Owen ORCID: 2021. The persistence of union membership within the coalfields of Britain. British Journal of Industrial Relations 59 (4) , pp. 1131-1152. 10.1111/bjir.12588

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Spatial variance in union membership has been attributed to the favourable attitudes that persist in areas with an historical legacy of trade unionism. Within the UK, villages and towns located in areas once dominated by coalmining remain among the strongest and most durable bases for the trade union movement. This paper empirically examines the effect of living within or near these areas upon union membership. Those residing in ex-mining areas retain an increased propensity for union membership. However, this effect diminishes sharply with distance. The analysis reveals that particular places can serve as conduits of trade unionism, long after employment within traditional industries has vanished.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0007-1080
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 January 2021
Date of Acceptance: 18 December 2020
Last Modified: 06 May 2023 10:08

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