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Redundancy Pay, Unions and Employment

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  • Booth, Alison L
  • McCulloch, Andrew

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In this paper, the authors estimate the determinants of bargaining over redundancy pay, and its impact on employment variation and financial performance, using the 1990 Workplace Industrial Relations Survey. The estimates indicate that bargaining over redundancy pay is more prevalent in plants with a strong union presence. However, voluntary negotiation of redundancy pay does not appear to reduce employment variability in the face of small demand shocks. Bargaining over manual redundancy pay has an insignificant impact on plants' financial performance, while bargaining over nonmanual redundancy pay has a large significant positive effect. The authors' findings may explain the positive attitudes to redundancy pay reported by some employers, and reinforce the general conclusion of cross-country studies that firing constraints in Britain may be relatively unimportant in preventing labor market flexibility. Copyright 1999 by Blackwell Publishers Ltd and The Victoria University of Manchester

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  • Booth, Alison L & McCulloch, Andrew, 1999. "Redundancy Pay, Unions and Employment," Manchester School, University of Manchester, vol. 67(3), pages 346-366, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:67:y:1999:i:3:p:346-66
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    1. Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino, 2004. "The Effect of Worker Representation on Employment Behavior in Germany: Another Case of -2.5%," IZA Discussion Papers 1188, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    2. Laszlo Goerke, 2002. "Redundancy Pay and Collective Dismissals," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 59(1), pages 1-68, February.
    3. Addison, John T. & Siebert, W. Stanley, 2002. "Changes in Collective Bargaining in the U.K," IZA Discussion Papers 562, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    4. Alex Bryson & Michael White, 2006. "Unions, Within-Workplace Job Cuts and Job Security Guarantees," CEP Discussion Papers dp0733, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    5. Alex Bryson & Michael White, 2006. "Unions, Job Reductions and Job Security Guarantees: the Experience of British Employees," CEP Discussion Papers dp0745, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
    6. E. Galdon-Sanchez, Jose & Guell, Maia, 2003. "Dismissal conflicts and unemployment," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 323-335, April.
    7. John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2005. "The Effect of Works Councils on Employment Change," GEMF Working Papers 2005-06, GEMF, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra.
    8. Addison, John T. & Belfield, Clive R., 2002. "Unions and Employment Growth: The One Constant?," IZA Discussion Papers 479, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    9. Addison, John T. & Belfield, Clive R., 2002. "Unions and Establishment Performance: Evidence from the British Workplace Industrial/Employee Relations Surveys," IZA Discussion Papers 455, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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