Need an research paper on the decline of union membership in the uk. Needs to be 8 pages. Please no plagiarism. The survey went on to indicate that while more than a third of those aged 35 and over in the UK were union members, of workers aged 25 to 34, just one-quarter were union members (Labor Force Survey, 2005).
Organizers have an uphill battle in turning the tide of membership erosion. The decline of youth interest is of special concern as the future growth or decline of trade unions depend on recruiting those just out of school. “Being a union member has ceased to be the social norm, and a new generation has grown up who not only are not trade unionists but whose parents have never been in unions either” (Schifferes, 2004). Unions face the public relations dilemma of being perceived as outdated and even irrelevant by young people. The need to attract additional young workers is essential for trade unions’ survival.
They depend on a demographic group that may have little knowledge of trade unions. The Labour Force Survey reported that 18 percent of employees aged 18-29 were trade union members in 2000. This figure is a stark and troubling contrast to the 1983 mark in which 44 percent of this age group employed were within the structure of a union (Monks, 2001a). Youth membership, by percentage, has fallen by a further margin than general membership numbers since 1980. “Union membership grew steadily from 9.3 million in 1950 to 13.3 million in 1979 and by 1980 half the UK workforce were members. Since then unions have lost over 5 million members, and only just over a quarter of the civilian workforce were members at the turn of the century” (Metcalf, 2001, p. 2).
While one-quarter of those employed in the UK are trade union members, just 18 percent of youths are. If current trends continue, trade union membership will decline further generation by generation. “Research shows that people who do not join unions when they start work .are less likely to join a union in their later lives even if they get a job in a unionized workplace. It is no doubt true that the image of unions is not exactly attractive to young people”.