Evolution or Revolution? The Role of Unions in the Modern Workplace

| Publication date: 27 Sep 2010 | Theme: Trade, Investment & Productivity | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A; Forth, J | External Author(s): Laroche, P. | Journal: European Journal of Industrial Relations

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 the declining proportion of 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.

Keyword tags: 
trade union, firm performance, France, Britain