Trading Places: Employers, Unions And The Manufacture Of Voice

Using nationally representative workplace data for Britain the authors show that over the last quarter century union voice - especially union-only voice - has been associated with poorer climate, more industrial action, poorer financial performance and poorer labour productivity than non-union voice and, in particular, direct voice. On the other hand, union-based voice regimes have experienced lower quit rates than non-union and "No voice" regimes, as theory predicts. Over that time, while the workplace incidence of voice has remained constant, with roughly 8 workplaces out of 10 providing some form of voice, there has been a big shift from union to non-union voice, particularly direct employer-made voice.

Provided by: Centre for Economic Performance Topic: Software Date Added: Aug 2008 Format: PDF

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