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Accounting for geographical variance in the union satisfaction gap

Bryson, Alex and Davies, Rhys ORCID: 2019. Accounting for geographical variance in the union satisfaction gap. Industrial Relations Journal 50 (2) , pp. 104-125. 10.1111/irj.12243

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Evidence of spatial variance in the relationship between trade union membership and job satisfaction is limited. Using three nationally representative data sets, we examine lower levels of satisfaction among union members and considers how this relationship varies geographically across the nations and regions of Great Britain. The analysis demonstrates that the union satisfaction gap can largely be accounted for by relative characteristics of union members and the jobs that they hold. However, there is evidence of geographical variance. The union satisfaction gap is generally found to be highest within Scotland and North of England. Despite high levels of union membership, evidence of a union satisfaction gap in Wales is relatively weak. These differences relate to differences in the perceptions of industrial relations among employees across these areas, which appear to be related to geographical variance in worker heterogeneity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Business (Including Economics)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0019-8692
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 March 2019
Date of Acceptance: 7 January 2019
Last Modified: 04 May 2023 09:27

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