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Young and precarious : the unionization of young workers across Europe

Böhm, Jannis (2020) Young and precarious : the unionization of young workers across Europe.

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Abstract:While studies have addressed the decline of trade unionism among young workers for several decades now, it rarely has been researched regarding precarity. The thesis explores the age-related gaps in trade union membership across European countries, by paying specific attention to the way employment precariousness impacts the union membership rates of young workers. This way a specific knowledge gap in the literature on trade unions is addressed. With micro-level data from the European Social Survey from 2018, a twofold question is asked. (a) To what extent is there an age gap between young and old workers in trade union membership in European countries, and (b) to what extent can this age-gap be explained by differences between young and old workers regarding precariousness of their working conditions? The results show that a sizable age-gap regarding membership exists in nearly all included countries. Furthermore, it is identified that the age-gap cannot be explained by accounting for employment precariousness.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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