Knight, Robert E. L.
July 1961
ILR Review;Jul61, Vol. 14 Issue 4, p515
Academic Journal
A major unsolved problem of the American labor movement is to organize workers in the swelling service sector of the economy, but the clear implication of this article is that there is scant hope for a successful organizing formula to be found in the recent experience of British retail unionism. Although the leading British retail workers union represents a larger proportion of the workers in that industry than does its equivalent in the United States, the gains achieved by the British union during the postwar period, in total membership and economic benefits to the workers it represents, have been extremely modest. The author analyzes the factors that may account for these results and assesses the prospects for future growth of retail unionism in Great Britain.


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