Union Inclusiveness and Temporary Agency Workers: The Role of Power Resources and Union Ideology

European Journal of Industrial Relations, 22 (1). pp. 5-22. (2016) ISSN 0959-6801

18 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2016 Last revised: 16 Sep 2016

See all articles by Chiara Benassi

Chiara Benassi

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE)

Tim Vlandas

University of Reading

Date Written: March 1, 2016

Abstract

This article investigates the determinants of union inclusiveness towards agency workers in Western Europe, using an index which combines unionization rates with dimensions of collective agreements covering agency workers. Using fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative Analysis, we identify two combinations of conditions leading to inclusiveness: the ‘Northern path’ includes high union density, high bargaining coverage and high union authority, and is consistent with the power resources approach. The ‘Southern path’ combines high union authority, high bargaining coverage, statutory regulations of agency work and working-class orientation, showing that ideology rather than institutional incentives shapes union strategies towards the marginal workforce.

Keywords: Agency workers, dualization, Ghent, identity, ideology, Italy, Southern Europe, union strategies

Suggested Citation

Benassi, Chiara and Vlandas, Tim, Union Inclusiveness and Temporary Agency Workers: The Role of Power Resources and Union Ideology (March 1, 2016). European Journal of Industrial Relations, 22 (1). pp. 5-22. (2016) ISSN 0959-6801 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2757045

Chiara Benassi (Contact Author)

London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE) ( email )

Tim Vlandas

University of Reading ( email )

Humanities and Social Sciences Building
Whiteknight campus
Reading, RG6 6AH
United Kingdom

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