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Trade unions and economic inequality

Lydia Hayes and Tonia Novitz show that collective bargaining by robust trade unions is an essential aspect of achieving greater economic equality.  According to the report, as reflected in many of the statistics and graphs provided, there is an historic link between strong trade unionism and more equal societies. In addition, the public policy influence of trade unions promotes the delivery of public services such as education, healthcare, housing support, pensions and social security for all working people.

In an effort to re-boost the role of trade unions in society, the authors conclude with a 6 point policy programme aimed at ensuring that trade unions are once again at the heart of economic, social and industrial policy in the UK

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