Explaining Union Membership of Temporary Workers in Spain: The Role of Local Representatives and Workers' Participative Potential

19 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2007

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David Llorente Sánchez

Juan March Institute - Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences

Abstract

It has been widely assumed that type-of-contract segmentation represents a strong structural constraint on trade union growth. The analysis of a sample of the Spanish workforce shows, however, that the effect of contract type on union membership is not statistically significant once the availability and performance of local union representatives are introduced in the explanatory model. Additionally, the worker's participative potential, as indicated by his/her social and political capital, is also found to be a major explanatory factor. These findings are placed in comparative perspective and discussed in relation to possible union revitalisation strategies.

Suggested Citation

Sánchez, David Llorente, Explaining Union Membership of Temporary Workers in Spain: The Role of Local Representatives and Workers' Participative Potential. Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 38, No. 1, pp. 51-69, January 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=958564 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2338.2007.00435.x

David Llorente Sánchez (Contact Author)

Juan March Institute - Centre for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences ( email )

77 Castello Street
Madrid, E-28006
Spain

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