Welche Arbeitnehmer waren nie Mitglied einer Gewerkschaft?: Empirische Evidenz aus West- und Ostdeutschland

English title: Who Are the Workers Who Never Joined a Union? : Empirical Evidence from Western and Eastern Germany

Author(s): Claus Schnabel - Joachim Wagner -

Language: German

Type: Journal article

Year: 2006


"Using representative data from the German social survey ALLBUS 2002 and the European Social Survey 2002/03, this paper provides the first empirical analysis of trade union ‘never-membership’ in Germany. We show that between 54 and 59 percent of all employees in Germany have never been members of a trade union. In western Germany, individuals’ probability of ‘never-membership’ is significantly affected by their personal characteristics, their political orientation and (to a lesser degree) their family background. In addition, the presence of a union at the workplace plays a significant role. While the latter factor is also important in eastern Germany, many of the variables which are relevant for ‘never-membership’ in the west prove to be irrelevant in the east. This difference probably reflects the fact that most employees in eastern Germany did not really have a choice not to become union members during the communist regime."(author's abstract)

Volume: 13

Issue: 2

From page no: 118

To page no: 131

Refereed: Yes


Journal: Industrielle Beziehungen : Zeitschrift für Arbeit, Organisation und Management

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