Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Felt Job Insecurity and Union Membership: the Case of Temporary Workers
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. North West University, South Africa.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Show others and affiliations
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
Abstract [en]

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.
Keyword [en]
contingent employment, fixed-term employment, job insecurity, social protection, union
National Category
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114058DOI: 10.5559/di.23.4.02ISI: 000350706300003OAI: diva2:789394
Available from: 2015-02-18 Created: 2015-02-18 Last updated: 2015-04-07Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Sverke, MagnusHellgren, JohnnyNäswall, Katharina
By organisation
Department of Psychology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 88 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link