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Trade Unions and Industrial Injury in Great Britain

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  • A. S. Litwin
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    Anecdotal evidence suggests that trade unions succeed in ameliorating workplace health and safety, but no attempt has been made to link specific workplace injury rates with a respective union presence. Relying on WERS98, this paper establishes a cross-sectional link between trade unions and occupational injury rates, revealing that unions gravitate to accident-prone workplaces and react by reducing injury rates within these types of employment units. However, the ability for unions to reduce injury rates does not appear to increase monotonically as they progress along a workplace instrumentality continuum from recognition alone to a pre-entry closed shop.

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    Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0468.

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    Date of creation: Aug 2000
    Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0468
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    1. Stephen Nickell & Luca Nunziata, 2000. "Employment patterns in OECD countries," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20198, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
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