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Title:Unionization and sickness absence from work in the UK PDF Logo
Authors:Veliziotis, Michail
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-15
Abstract:Does union membership increase sickness absence from work and, if so, by how much? And which specific channels does this effect operate through? Using UK Labour Force Survey data for 2006-2008 we find that trade union membership is associated with a substantial increase in the probability of reporting sick and in the amount of average absence taken. This result can be largely attributed to the protection that unions offer to unionized employees. Supportive evidence is also found for a reduction in 'presenteeism' (attending work when sick) among union members. The results are robust to different modelling and estimation approaches.
Subjects:trade unions
work absence
sickness absence
JEL:I10
J22
J51
J53
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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