This article assesses whether the operation of works councils or joint consultative committees (JCCs) is inimical to unionization in different business systems. An extensive transnational survey reveals that both works councils and JCCs are positively associated with a union presence; there is no evidence from this sample that either is used to any significant extent as a substitute for unions. The finding holds true irrespective of business system. Its implications for industrial relations actors are examined.
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Economic and Industrial Democracy|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2007|
- Business systems
- Trade unions
- Works councils