Skip to main content
Article
Undermining mobilization? The effect of job flexibility and job instability on the willingness to strike
Economic and Industrial Relations (2014)
  • University of Twente, University of Twente
  • University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen, University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Kurt Vandaele
Abstract

This article addresses the question of whether, and to what extent job flexibility is detrimental to mobilization with regard to the willingness to take part in industrial action. The authors examine the influence of job flexibility (‘standard’ versus ‘non-standard’ work) and job instability (changes from one job to another) on employees’ willingness to strike. Based on Dutch survey data it is shown that only minor differences exist between ‘standard’ and ‘non-standard’ employees in their willingness to participate in a strike. While this study did not establish a major direct effect of job flexibility on strike participation, tests of interaction effects reveal that job flexibility moderates other mobilizing factors, such as union membership and job dissatisfaction. Job instability, on average, has no effect on strike participation.

Keywords
  • Atypical employment,
  • fixed-term contracts,
  • participation,
  • strikes,
  • temporary employment
Publication Date
2014
Citation Information
University of Twente, University of Groningen, VU University Amsterdam, Radboud University Nijmegen and Kurt Vandaele. "Undermining mobilization? The effect of job flexibility and job instability on the willingness to strike" Economic and Industrial Relations (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/kurt_vandaele/119/