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Do young workers need trade unions?

Birmingham Business School, Room G03
Alumni, Lectures Talks and Workshops, Social Sciences
Tuesday 10th November 2015 (18:00-19:30)
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The transition of young people into employment is fraught with difficulties in finding stable and well-paid employment when compared to older workers. Low-paid, low-status and insecure work is predominantly carried out by young workers and as their position in the labour market is increasingly precarious, one may expect them to join unions to get more protection. Nevertheless most remain disengaged from trade union activity and unions are suffering from a loss of members and an increasing ageing effect. In this context the future existence of trade unionism depends on how far trade unions can grasp the complex realities of young people at work.

This ESRC Festival of Social Science event will disseminate academic research on this topic before Carl Roper (National Organiser, Trades Union Congress) and Doug Nicholls (General Secretary, General Federation of Trade Unions) present their views on both the importance of young people to trade unions and trade unions to young people.


Birmingham Business School
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Edgbaston Park Road
B15 2TY          

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