Unions and Flexible Employment in Britain and Spain: A Descriptive Note

9 Pages Posted: 15 Sep 2004

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Marco Francesconi

University of Essex; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Carlos García Serrano

Universidad de Alcala de Henares

Abstract

Spain and Britain are known to have different labor market structures and degrees of employment protection. Despite such differences, they show remarkably similar associations of unionization with temporary employment and nonstandard hours of work. In particular, we find that unionization in both countries is correlated neither with overtime/long hours of work nor temporary employment. In both economies, instead, part-time work is negatively associated with unionization. These cross-national similarities warrant a rethinking of the strategies of enlargement toward flexible forms of work that unions have supposedly adopted in recent years.

Suggested Citation

Francesconi, Marco and García Serrano, Carlos, Unions and Flexible Employment in Britain and Spain: A Descriptive Note. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=591474

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