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CEP discussion paper
Unions, Within-Workplace Job Cuts and Job Security Guarantees
Alex Bryson and Michael White
July 2006
Paper No' CEPDP0733:
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JEL Classification: J23; J45; J51; J63

Tags: job cuts; trade unions; job guarantees

Using data from the Workplace Employment Relations Survey 1998, this paper shows that unionisation increased the probability of within-workplace job cuts and the incidence of job security guarantees. As theory predicts, both are more prevalent among market-sector workplaces with higher union density and multi-unionism. Expectations that these effects would be more muted in the public sector were also confirmed.