Friday, 23 May 2014

Labour conflicts: Unions trusted more than bosses

The Radboud University has done a survey among union members to gain a better undertsanding of the role of identification and trust in decisions to join a strike:
In the strike literature, identification with the trade union is considered an important predictor of strike participation. Social identification is a person’s connection with a group. In social psychology, it’s an important concept to explain the choices people make. The stronger the connection with the union, the more likely the person is to join the strike. But an employee can also identify strongly with a company. Many people are proud of their jobs and the organisation they’re working for. It’s not unlikely for employees to identify both with their employer and the trade union.
The survey shows that during an emerging collective bargaining conflict, workers identify much more strongly with the union (3.5 on a 1-5 scale) than with management (2.4). Also, they trust the union far more than management (3.8 vs 2.9).

Source (pdf, in Dutch)

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