Felt Job Insecurity and Union Membership: the Case of Temporary Workers
2014 (English)In: Drustvena istrazivanja: Journal for General Social Issues, ISSN 1330-0288, Vol. 23, no 4, 577-591 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The present study investigates the relationship between felt jobinsecurity and union membership accounting for potential differencesbetween temporary and permanent workers. Consistentwith the idea that felt job insecurity leads workers to seek socialprotection from the unions, and with earlier studies, we hypothesizea positive relationship between felt job insecurity and unionmembership (Hypothesis 1). Furthermore, we argue that thisrelationship may be stronger among temporary compared withpermanent workers (Hypothesis 2): insecure temporary workersare in a situation of 'double vulnerability', hence they have strongmotives for unionization. Hypotheses are tested in a cross--sectional sample of 560 Flemish (Dutch-speaking part ofBelgium) workers. Our results were as follows: the relationshipbetween felt job insecurity and union membership was not significant.The interaction term between contract type and felt jobinsecurity was significantly related to union membership: the relationship between felt job insecurity and union membership waspositive among temporary workers, but not among permanentworkers. This pattern of results may inspire unions to target futurerecruitment strategies on temporary workers. A route for futureresearch could be to test our hypotheses also longitudinally.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 23, no 4, 577-591 p.
contingent employment, fixed-term employment, job insecurity, social protection, union
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114058DOI: 10.5559/di.23.4.02ISI: 000350706300003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-114058DiVA: diva2:789394