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Strikes, Employee Workplace Representation, Unionism, and Industrial Relations Quality in European Establishments

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  • John T. Addison
  • Paulino Teixeira

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Using cross-country data, this paper investigates the relationship between workplace representation and strikes. Works councils are associated with reduced strike activity. However, where union members make up a majority of works councillors, such union-dominated councils experience greater strike activity than do their counterparts with minority union membership, and also more strikes than establishments with union workplace representation where union members are in a minority. Dissonance between the parties as to the state of industrial relations is associated with elevated strike activity. Finally, union density at the workplace, if not the presence of collective bargaining, is directly associated with strike incidence.

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  • John T. Addison & Paulino Teixeira, 2018. "Strikes, Employee Workplace Representation, Unionism, and Industrial Relations Quality in European Establishments," CESifo Working Paper Series 7360, CESifo.
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    Keywords

    works councils; employee representation; union density; level of collective bargaining; industrial relations quality; dissonance; strike incidence; strike duration; strike frequency; strike intensity;
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    JEL classification:

    • J51 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Trade Unions: Objectives, Structure, and Effects
    • J52 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation
    • J53 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining - - - Labor-Management Relations; Industrial Jurisprudence
    • J83 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Labor Standards - - - Workers' Rights

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