Trade unions learning representatives: Progressing partnership?

Catherine Cassell*, Bill Lee

*Corresponding author for this work

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The statutory rights given to trade union learning representatives (ULRs) to facilitate and organize learning in the workplace has led to the creation of a new specialized union lay official role. This article investigates how the ULR initiative is facilitating the development of learning partnerships in the workplace. Empirical data is provided from a qualitative study that draws on interviews with full-time trade union officials from a range of unions. It is argued that although the ULR initiative provides opportunities for unions to promote the ideal of learning partnerships within the workplace, rights to learning remain a contested terrain between many employers and unions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)213-230
Number of pages18
JournalWork, Employment and Society
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009


  • Learning
  • Lifelong learning
  • Partnership
  • Trade unions
  • Union learning representatives

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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