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The Economic Effects of Multiple Unionism: Evidence from the 1984 Workplace Industrial Relations Survey

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  • Machin, Stephen
  • Stewart, Mark B
  • Van Reenen, John

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Establishment-level data from the 1984 Workplace Industrial Relations Survey are used to investigate the relationship between the presence of multiple recognized unions and wages, financial performance, and the incidence of industrial action. Where multiple unions are present, it is found to be important to distinguish between whether they bargain separately or jointly, and the most important effects are isolated where separate bargains occur. The results suggest that plants with multiunionism and separate bargaining arrangements pay higher wages, have lower financial performance, and are more prone to strike action lasting at least one day. Copyright 1993 by The editors of the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

Volume (Year): 95 (1993)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 279-96

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Handle: RePEc:bla:scandj:v:95:y:1993:i:3:p:279-96

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  2. Francis Green & Stephen Machin & David Wilkinson, 1999. "Trade unions and training practices in British workplaces," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 52(2), pages 179-195, January.
  3. David Metcalf, 1993. "Transformation of British Industrial Relations? Institutions, Conduct and Outcomes 1980-1990," CEP Discussion Papers dp0151, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  4. N Millward, 1993. "Uses of the Workplace Industrial Relations Surveys by British Labour Economists," CEP Discussion Papers dp0145, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.

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