Unions in small- and medium-sized enterprises : a family factor perspective
Title: Unions in small- and medium-sized enterprises : a family factor perspective
Citation: European journal of industrial relations, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 3, pp. 273-290
Trade unions are commonly weak in small- and medium-sized enterprises, which constitute a majority of European firms and are often family-owned. We investigate the influence of family ownership on employee membership, perceptions and experience with unions in Danish and Italian firms in the textile and clothing sector. Family ownership reduces union membership; and within family firms, the number of family members employed is negatively associated with unionization rates and employee perceptions of unions.
Published online: 6 February 2014.
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