Evolution or Revolution? The Impact of Unions on Workplace Performance in Britain and France

| Publication date: 2 Jun 2011 | Theme: Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J | External Author(s): Laroche, P. | JEL Classification: J51; L25 | Journal: European Journal of Industrial Relations No 2 Vol 17

Using nationally representative workplace surveys we examine the relationship between unionization and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is detrimental to workplace performance in both countries. However, in Britain the effect is confined to unionized workplaces where there is active collective bargaining. In the French case, the effect is confined to the minority of cases where unions have high density and where unions have a reputation for militancy.

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unions, workplace performance
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