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New unions in the UK: the vanguard or the rearguard of the union movement?


Correspondence should be addressed to Catharine Ross, Business School, University of Worcester, City Campus, Castle Street, Worcester, Worcestershire WR2 6AJ; email:


Between January 1999 and March 2010, 34 trade unions entered the Certification Officer list or schedule in the UK. This article reports on a survey of those unions, discussing the extent to which they represent new forms of unionism and the possible implications for union revitalisation.