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Workplace Employee Representation and Industrial Relations Performance: New Evidence from the 2013 European Company Survey

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  • Addison, John T.

    () (University of South Carolina)

  • Teixeira, Paulino

    () (University of Coimbra)

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Using cross-country data from the European Company Survey, we investigate the relationship between workplace employee representation and five behavioral outcomes: strike incidence, the climate of industrial relations, sickness/absenteeism, employee motivation, and staff retention. The evidence is mixed. From one perspective, the expression of collective voice through works councils may be construed as largely beneficial. However, any such optimistic evaluation is heavily qualified by union organization and in particular workplace unionism. Establishment union density seemingly blunts the performance of employee workplace representation, elevating dissatisfaction at the expense of collaboration.

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  • Addison, John T. & Teixeira, Paulino, 2017. "Workplace Employee Representation and Industrial Relations Performance: New Evidence from the 2013 European Company Survey," IZA Discussion Papers 10899, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    Keywords

    employee representation; works councils; union agency; collective bargaining; strikes; industrial relations quality; employee motivation and retention;

    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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