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

Addison, J.; Texeira, P.

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P. Texeira



Abstract

Using cross-country data from the European Company Survey, we investigate the relationship between workplace employee representation and management perceptions of the climate of industrial relations, sickness/absenteeism, employee motivation, and staff retention. For a considerably reduced subset of the data, a fifth indicator – strike activity – is also considered alongside the other behavioral outcomes. From one perspective, the expression of collective voice through works council-type entities may be construed as largely beneficial, especially when compared with their counterpart union agencies either operating alone or in a dominant position. However, if heightened distributional struggles explain these differential outcomes in workplace employee representation, it should not go unremarked that the influence of formal collective bargaining is seemingly positive.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 30, 2018
Online Publication Date Jul 5, 2018
Publication Date Jan 31, 2019
Deposit Date May 31, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 1, 2018
Journal Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik
Print ISSN 0021-4027
Electronic ISSN 2366-049X
Publisher De Gruyter
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 239
Issue 1
Pages 111-154
DOI https://doi.org/10.1515/jbnst-2017-0146
Keywords Employee representation, Works councils, Union agencies, Labor organization, Collective bargaining, Strikes, Industrial relations climate, Employee motivation and retention.
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1329686

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