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Female Part-time Workers and Trade Union Membership: A Case Study in the Retail Industry

By Sally Walters


This paper was published as Working Paper 28 by the Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester. It is available from only entryThis paper discusses the reasons which can be offered for the lower trade union membership rates of\ud female part-time workers in the UK and focuses in particular on female part-timers’ attitudes to trade\ud unions. The findings are based on original research: 50 qualitative interviews with female part-time\ud workers in the retail industry. The paper argues that female part-timers are supportive of the aims of the\ud trade union movement and questions the extent to which their attitudes differ from the rest of the working\ud population. It concludes that an integrated approach is necessary in order to understand part-timers’\ud unionization rates, including structural factors, the approach which trade unions have taken towards parttime\ud workers and attitudes towards trade unions

Publisher: Centre for Labour Market Studies, University of Leicester
Year: 2000
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