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Evolution or revolution? The impact of unions on workplace performance in Britain and France

By Alex Bryson, John Forth and Patrice Laroche

Abstract

We use nationally representative workplace surveys to examine the relationship between unionization and workplace financial performance in Britain and France. We find that union bargaining is detrimental to workplace performance in both countries. However, in Britain the effect is confined to the declining proportion of unionized workplaces where there is active collective bargaining. In the French case, the effect is confined to the minority of cases where unions have high density and to unions with a reputation for militancy

Topics: HC Economic History and Conditions, HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1177/0959680111400907
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:37566
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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