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Strike incidence and outcomes: New evidence from the 2019 ECS

Addison, John T.; Teixeira, Paulino

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Paulino Teixeira


This paper investigates the relationship between union organization, workplace representation, the quality of industrial relations and strike incidence, as well as the implications of the matters at stake in localized disputes. Strike incidence is found to be higher in establishments where union density is higher, and where workers are covered by mixed-level collective agreements and in flexible employment. Further, distrust is associated with increased strike incidence, and conversely for employee-focused strategies and heightened employee motivation. These results are robust to controls for possible endogeneity of union density and country (cluster) heterogeneity. In terms of outcomes, higher union density, works councils, profit sharing, and a machine/computer-driven work pace are associated with worker wins, while collective bargaining, firm profitability, and more frequent meetings with management are linked with more balanced agreements.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 21, 2023
Online Publication Date Nov 7, 2023
Publication Date 2024-06
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 25, 2023
Journal European Journal of Industrial Relations
Print ISSN 0959-6801
Electronic ISSN 1461-7129
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 2
Pages 123-149
Keywords worker representation, trust, subjects and outcomes of conflict, union organization, employee-focused strategies, Strikes, quality of industrial relations
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This contribution has been accepted for publication in European Journal of Industrial Relations.

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