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Unions and Collective Bargaining in the Wake of the Great Recession: Evidence from Portugal

Addison, J.T.; Portugal, P.; Vilares, H.

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P. Portugal

H. Vilares



Abstract

Against the backdrop of its industrial relations architecture, characteristic of the ‘southern European group’ and intimately linked to the recommendations of the Troika, this paper examines four key aspects of Portuguese collective bargaining. First, it provides definitive estimates of private sector union density for that nation. Second, it models the determinants of union density at firm level. Third, it yields estimates of the union wage gap for different ranges of union density. The final issue examined is contract coverage. The received notion that the pronounced reduction in the number of industry-wide agreements and extension ordinances of late is to be equated with a fall in coverage is shown to be a chimera, the number of workers covered by new and existing agreements remaining largely unaffected by the economic crisis. The reduced frequency of new agreements and extensions is instead attributed to downward nominal wage rigidity in low-inflation regimes.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 7, 2016
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2016
Publication Date Sep 1, 2017
Deposit Date Jun 30, 2016
Publicly Available Date Aug 24, 2018
Journal British Journal of Industrial Relations
Print ISSN 0007-1080
Electronic ISSN 1467-8543
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 55
Issue 3
Pages 551-576
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12198
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1378521

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This is the accepted version of the following article: Addison, J. T., Portugal, P. and Vilares, H. (2017), Unions and Collective Bargaining in the Wake of the Great Recession: Evidence from Portugal. British Journal of Industrial Relations. 55(3): 551-576, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/bjir.12198. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.





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