Job Cuts, Job Guarantees and Unions

Publication date: 7 Aug 2012 | Publication type: Journal article/book/chapter | Theme: Employment & Social policy | NIESR Author(s): Bryson, A | External Author(s): White, M. | JEL Classification: J23, J45, J51, J63 | Journal: The Manchester School

Using unique nationally representative workplace data this paper shows that unionisation increased the probability of within-workplace job cuts and the incidence of job security guarantees. As theory predicts, both are more prevalent among market-sector workplaces with higher union density and multi-unionism. In the public sector, levels of unionisation affect only job security guarantees, not job cuts. Explanations are developed in terms of union bargaining power and union voice services.

Keyword tags: 
job cuts
trade unions
job guarantees

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