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Title:The employment of temporary agency workers in the UK: with or against the trade unions? PDF Logo
Authors:Böheim, René
Zweimüller, Martina
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4492
Abstract:A firm's decision to employ agency workers may be perceived as a replacement of directly employed workers or as way to curb union power, which trade unions would oppose. Alternatively, trade unions may encourage the (temporary) employment of agency workers in a firm, if they manage to bargain higher wages for their members. We estimate the relationship between hiring agency workers and trade union activity at the workplace, in particular, the type of collective bargaining agreements. We use British data from the Workplace Employment Relations Surveys (WERS) of 1998 and 2004. The empirical association between the employment of agency workers and union strength is weak, but positive. Furthermore, workplaces with collective bargaining have lower wages in the presence of agency workers, suggesting that agency workers are hired against the unions.
Subjects:Work agency
trade union
collective bargaining
flexibility
Workplace Employment Relations Survey
JEL:D21
J31
J40
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20091026129
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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