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CEP discussion paper
Union Effects On Managerial and Employee Perceptions of Employee Relations in Britain
Alex Bryson
April 2001
Paper No' CEPDP0494:
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JEL Classification: J51; J53

Tags: trades unions; industrial relations climate; employee relations; matched employer-employee data

This paper uses matched employer-employee data from the 1998 Workplace Employee Relations Survey (WERS98) to estimate influences on managerial and employee perceptions of the employee relations climate. Both the strength and direction of union effects differ according to the nature of the union and employer responses to it. Employee and employer perceptions of climate differ according to the strength of the union, bargaining arrangements adopted, and managerial attitudes to union membership. Employees' perceptions of climate are also strongly associated with employees' perceptions of union effectiveness.