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Union involvement during downsizing and its relation to attitudes and distress among workers.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: Job insecurity and trade union participation in Europe, Ashgate, Aldershot , 2005, 97-117 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The effects of collective coping strategies, such as union participation in management, and negotiating, as a means of alleviating negative impacts have tended to be neglected in research of downsizing effects. The aim of this study was to compare unemployed persons with those who left on early retirement, and with surviving personnel in terms of attitudes towards their company and trade union and predictors of distress. Data were collected in a large retail firm through questionnaires (n=885). Laid-off personnel had clearly the most negative attitude towards their union. Organizational commitment however, was at the same average level in all groups. Further, early retirees had a significantly lower mean level of distress than the other groups. Perceived union support had an indirect effect on distress among persons who were laid off but had found a new job, mediated by degree of satisfaction with outplacement measures. Among survivors, however, organizational commitment - alongside perceived insecurity and workload - were of greater importance.

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Ashgate, Aldershot , 2005. 97-117 p.
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downsizing, survvivors, union
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13573OAI: diva2:180093
Available from: 2008-04-11 Created: 2008-04-11Bibliographically approved

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