Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/170883
Authors: 
Addison, John T.
Teixeira, Paulino
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 10899
Abstract: 
Using cross-country data from the European Company Survey, we investigate the relationship between workplace employee representation and five behavioral outcomes: strike incidence, the climate of industrial relations, sickness/absenteeism, employee motivation, and staff retention. The evidence is mixed. From one perspective, the expression of collective voice through works councils may be construed as largely beneficial. However, any such optimistic evaluation is heavily qualified by union organization and in particular workplace unionism. Establishment union density seemingly blunts the performance of employee workplace representation, elevating dissatisfaction at the expense of collaboration.
Subjects: 
employee representation
works councils
union agency
collective bargaining
strikes
industrial relations quality
employee motivation and retention
JEL: 
J51
J52
J53
J83
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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