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Unions, Within-Workplace Job Cuts and Job Security Guarantees

  • Alex Bryson
  • Michael White

Using data from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 1998, this paper shows that unionisation increased the probability of within-workplace job cuts and the incidence of job security guarantees. As theory predicts, both are more prevalent among market-sector workplaces with higher union density and multi-unionism. Expectations that these effects would be more muted in the public sector were also confirmed.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0733.

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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0733
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