Strikes, Employee Workplace Representation, Unionism, and Industrial Relations Quality in European Establishments

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John T. Addison

University of South Carolina - Moore School of Business - Department of Economics; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Paulino Teixeira

Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Economia; Center for European Economic Research (ZEW)

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Using cross-country data, this paper investigates the relationship between workplace representation and strikes. Works councils are associated with reduced strike activity. However, where union members make up a majority of works councillors, such union-dominated councils experience greater strike activity than do their counterparts with minority union membership, and also more strikes than establishments with union workplace representation where union members are in a minority. Dissonance between the parties as to the state of industrial relations is associated with elevated strike activity. Finally, union density at the workplace, if not the presence of collective bargaining, is directly associated with strike incidence.

Keywords: works councils, employee representation, union density, level of collective bargaining, industrial relations quality/dissonance, strike incidence, strike duration, strike frequency, strike intensity

JEL Classification: J510, J520, J530, J830

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Teixeira, Paulino, Strikes, Employee Workplace Representation, Unionism, and Industrial Relations Quality in European Establishments (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7360. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338688

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