Gomez, Rafael, Gunderson, Morley and Meltz, Noah
The desire for unionisation amongst youth and adults in Canada.
British Journal of Industrial Relations, 40
This paper reports research based on the Lipset and Meltz (1997) Canada-U.S. Labour Attitudes Survey data for Canada that indicates that youths have a stronger preference than do adults for unionisation. It shows that most of that difference reflects the stronger desire of youths to have unions deal with workplace issues as compared to the exposure of youths to these issues. Preferences for unionisation for youths more so than for adults are influenced by social factors such as familial union status and the attitudes of peers, as well as by the possible roles of potential substitutes for unionisation such as progressive HRM practices and legislative protection. Implications of the findings for the future of unionisation and the organising of youth are discussed.
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