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

  • Stephen Machin
  • M Stewart
  • John Van Reenen

This paper uses establishment-level data from the 1984 workplace Industrial Relations Survey to investigate the relationship between the presence of multiple recognised 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 multi-unionism and separate bargaining arrangements pay higher wages, have lower financial performance and are more prone to strike action lasting at least one day.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0066.

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Date of creation: Feb 1992
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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0066
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