Daniel Oesch is at the Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lausanne.
Recruitment, Retention and Exit from Union Membership. An Analysis of Member Flows in Swiss Union Locals
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
© Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2011
British Journal of Industrial Relations
Volume 50, Issue 2, pages 287–307, June 2012
How to Cite
Oesch, D. (2012), Recruitment, Retention and Exit from Union Membership. An Analysis of Member Flows in Swiss Union Locals. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 50: 287–307. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2011.00861.x
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2011
- Final version accepted on 28 February 2011.
This article enquires into the causes of union growth and decline by analysing flows in and out of membership at the level of 70 Swiss union locals over 2006–2008. Gross flows in union membership are much larger than the resulting net changes: annual membership turnover of 10 per cent is a surprisingly constant feature across unions. Net changes in membership are primarily determined by inflows: successful and languishing union locals differ in their entry rates, whereas exit rates are similar. Variance in union locals' entry rates is not usefully explained by the labour market context, but by differences in union strategy.