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Trade unions in local and regional development and governance: The Northern Trades Union Congress in North East England

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andy Pike, Dr Peter O'Brien, Professor John Tomaney



From a position of relative isolation, trade unions have become increasingly important agents in local and regional development and governance in the UK since the election of the New Labour government in 1997. Analysis of the experience of the Northern Trades Union Congress (NTUC) suggests that devolution and regionalisation are exerting increasing pressures upon trade union federations to adopt a multi-level approach to organisation across a range of scales -local, sub-regional, regional, sub-national, national and international - to connect with the evolving multi-layered governance structures of the UK political economy. Strategic multi-level organisation suggests the decentralisation of power, authority and resources within the labour movement - challenging the national and centralised legacy of its collective bargaining history - and a division of labour and set of priorities at the different scales to build the links between local and regional engagement and trade union renewal.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Pike A, O'Brien P, Tomaney J

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Local Economy

Year: 2004

Volume: 19

Issue: 2

Pages: 102-116

Print publication date: 01/05/2004

ISSN (print): 0269-0942

ISSN (electronic): 1470-9325


DOI: 10.1080/0269094042000203072