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Union free-riding in Britain and New Zealand

Bryson, Alex (2008) Union free-riding in Britain and New Zealand. Journal of Industrial Relations, 50 (1). pp. 5-24. ISSN 0022-1856

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0022185607085692


The percentage of workers who choose not to join the union available to them at their workplace has been rising in Britain and New Zealand. Using comparable data for both countries this article shows factors such as perceptions of union instrumentality, the number of problems employees have at work, social custom, ideological convictions, and the costs of union joining all influence the propensity to free-ride. Employer-inspired policies substituting for unionization play no role. Having accounted for all these factors, free-riding remains more common in New Zealand than in Britain.

Item Type: Article
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Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J5 - Labor-Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining > J50 - General
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2012 09:57
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 20:27

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