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Notice of Industrial Action: A new measure of industrial conflict?
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3645-0399
2019 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In the post-industrial era, work stoppages are rarely used in collective bargaining processes. However, this trend does not indicate that employers and unions no longer have different interests. Rather we suggest that the contentious struggle on the labor market takes a different form today, namely through notice of industrial action. Work stoppages are costly for both parties and require considerable mobilization of members to go on strike whereas threatening to start work stoppages (i.e. submit a notice of industrial action) requires other types of power resources and yet can be used as an effective means to put pressure on the counterparty in collective bargaining. Research has until now neglected this important institution in collective bargaining. By using unique data about notices of industrial action and strikes in Sweden (1980-2015) we show that even though strikes have decreased, notices of industrial action - threat of strike - have not. In the paper we analyze and compare unions that frequently submit notices in collective bargaining to those who start strikes, and we examine why notices are used in collective bargaining.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Keywords [en]
notice of industrial action, strike, work stoppage, collective bargaining
National Category
Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies)
Research subject
Political Science; Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-392485OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-392485DiVA, id: diva2:1348629
Conference
European Sociological Association Conference, Manchester
Funder
Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2019-09-05 Created: 2019-09-05 Last updated: 2019-09-05

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