Trade union members more likely to receive job-related training
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A new report shows that trade union members are much more likely to receive job-related training compared to non-unionised workers. The report, “Skills and training: the union advantage“, was produced by unionlearn and the Centre for Employment Relations, Innovation & Change.
The report analyses data for the period 2001-2013 and shows that the “union effect” on training is very significant and has strengthened in recent years.
The analysis finds that, during and after the recent recession, the advantage of being in a trade union for job-related training was even more pronounced. Between 2008 and 2013, the proportion of union members accessing regular training went up from 36.8 per cent to 38.9 per cent. The trend for non-unionised employees was the opposite – down from 23.4 per cent to 22.9 per cent.
Nearly four in ten union members received job-related training in 2013, compared to just over two in ten non-union members.
The report also found that, in those workplaces where a union advantage on training could be identified, workers enjoyed the added benefit of a boost to wage levels and job security. Employers also reported an overall improvement in employee performance in such workplaces.
Frances O’Grady, TUC General Secretary, said:
“The evidence shows it is possible to have a win-win situation for both employers and employees, and that unions are playing a hugely positive role in boosting skills and productivity.
“The bounce back in training in unionised workplaces in recent years is further evidence of the positive role unions have played in negotiating with employers to minimise layoffs and to safeguard skills since the recession hit the UK economy.
“It also shows that unions can play to their strengths in those workplaces with active union learning representatives and where the union negotiates directly with the employer about learning and skills.”