Bengt Furåker is Senior Professor at the Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg.
Collective and individual benefits of trade unions: a multi-level analysis of 21 European countries
Article first published online: 19 NOV 2013
© 2013 Brian Towers (BRITOW) and John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Industrial Relations Journal
Volume 44, Issue 5-6, pages 548–565, November 2013
How to Cite
Furåker, B. and Bengtsson, M. (2013), Collective and individual benefits of trade unions: a multi-level analysis of 21 European countries. Industrial Relations Journal, 44: 548–565. doi: 10.1111/irj.12035
- Issue published online: 19 NOV 2013
- Article first published online: 19 NOV 2013
- Swedish council. Grant Number: dnr 2008-0246
In light of internationally declining union density, this article examines to what extent employees derive advantage from trade unions. Data collected in 21 countries through the European Social Survey 2010 are being used. Multilevel analyses show that it is not so much individual membership but unions' collective power that matters. Perceived union influence and a union-friendly industrial relations regime (mainly the organized corporatism in the Nordic countries) are positively linked to the occurrence of regular workplace meetings and to the impact of these meetings on organizational decisions. Employees also appear to benefit from unions' collective power in terms of appropriate pay and job security, although the regime pattern is then less clear.