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Trade unions and industrial injury in Great Britain

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  • Litwin, Adam Seth

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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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  • Litwin, Adam Seth, 2000. "Trade unions and industrial injury in Great Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20169, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:20169
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    1. F Green & Steven McIntosh, 2000. "Working on the Chain Gang? An Examination of Rising Effort Levels in Europe in the 1990s," CEP Discussion Papers dp0465, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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    1. Athina Economou & Ioannis Theodossiou, 2015. "Join the Union and Be Safe: The Effects of Unionization on Occupational Safety and Health in the European Union," LABOUR, CEIS, vol. 29(2), pages 127-140, June.
    2. Willman, Paul & Bryson, Alex, 2007. "Union organization in Great Britain," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 19762, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.

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    Keywords

    Unions; industrial injury; occupational injury; health and safety;

    JEL classification:

    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General

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