Unions, the Skills Agenda and Workforce Development

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This chapter explores the relationship between unions and skills at the workplace. We argue that the significance of the skills agenda is broadly concomitant with a shift in the labour process beyond mass production into newer trajectories, variously described as post-Fordism, post-industrialism, flexible specialization and new production concepts. Unions are increasingly equating their members’ learning (and skills) as much as with enhancing their employability as with broader emancipation or entry into a trade. Through focusing on the contrasting cases of the UK and Sweden we show how the recent pursuit of the skills agenda has gone hand in hand with a strategic reorientation of unions, in response to more challenging bargaining environments and a declining membership base. We also argue that different approaches by unions to skills can be explained not only by national and sectoral factors but also by agency and voice mechanisms.


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Titel på värdpublikationOxford Handbook on Skills and Training
RedaktörerJohn Buchanan, David Finegold, Ken Mayhew, Chris Warhurst
FörlagOxford University Press
ISBN (tryckt)9780199655366
StatusPublished - 2016 nov
Peer review utfördJa