The Shortfall in Formal Employee Participation at the European Workplace

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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

Cross-country data are used to establish perceived shortfalls in employee involvement based on the responses of employee representatives in EU establishments with formal workplace employee representation. The desire for greater involvement is smaller where workplace representation is via works councils than union bodies, a finding that also obtains across country clusters. However, the favorable influence of the works council institution, if not information provision, does not carry over to situations in which management is adjudged uncooperative and untrustworthy. Whether the views of these respondents are representative of the workforce and hypothetically of a workforce currently without representation is also considered.

Keywords: formal workplace employee representation, works councils, union agencies, information/consultation/participation deficits, union density, country heterogeneity, industrial relations quality

JEL Classification: J530, J580, J830

Suggested Citation

Addison, John T. and Teixeira, Paulino, The Shortfall in Formal Employee Participation at the European Workplace (2018). CESifo Working Paper No. 7399. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3338753

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