This volume contains empirical analyses of European psychologists and sociologists on the impact of job insecurity on trade union membership, activism and upon the attitudes of individual workers towards unions. Little is currently known about the impact of job insecurity on the union participation of workers, which is significant given the importance of trade unions in European collective bargaining systems. This volume reports innovative and pioneering research on this research gap. It answers questions such as: do workers more easily join unions because of job insecurity, or does it make them leave the union? Does it influence participation in work's council elections or affect the intention to become a union activist? And are workers less satisfied and less committed to their unions when they experience job insecurity? The book contains recommendations for policy makers, social partners and practitioners in the field of work and organizations.
Contents: Does job insecurity affect the Union attitudes of workers and their participation in Unions? Introduction to this volume, Hans De Witte; Job insecurity, temporary work and Trade Union membership in Finland 1977-2003, Jouko Nätti, Mika Happonen, Ulla Kinnunen and Saija Mauno; The insecure middle class and Unionisation: an empirical investigation of class, job insecurity and union membership, Bram Steijn; Job insecurity and works council participation, Peter Kerkhof, Annemieke Winder and Bert Klandermans; Job insecurity, union participation and the need for (new) Union services, Sjoerd Goslinga; Union involvement during downsizing and its relation to attitudes and distress among workers, Kerstin Isaksson, Johnny Hellgren and Pär Pettersson; The union side of downsizing: investigating members' union attitudes, Johnny Hellgren, Magnus Sverke and Caroline Stjernström; We get by with a little help from our Unions: psychological contract violations and downsizing, Magnus Sverke, Johnny Hellgren and Katharina Näswall; Responses to downsizing under different adjustment regimes: a two-country comparison, Axel van den Berg and Anthony Masi; Job insecurity, Union attitudes and workers' Union participation: Conclusions and suggestions for practice and research, Hans De Witte; Index.