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WHAT DO TRADE UNION MEMBERS IN EUROPE THINK? AN ANALYSIS OF SURVEY RESULTS
WHAT DO TRADE UNION MEMBERS IN EUROPE THINK?AN ANALYSIS OF SURVEY RESULTS
These data are prepared for the PERC Summer School Building Worker Power at the Workplace, The Community and Polity Process held at International Trade Union House, Brussels on 18th -19th September 2013. These data are not to be quoted without the express permission of the author.
Jeremy Waddington is Professor of Industrial Relations at the University of Manchester and the Project Coordinator for the European Trade Union Institute, Brussels.
TABLE 1WHY DO YOU STAY IN THE UNION?
Sif members%TU members%NITO members%HK members%CC.OO members%KASZ members%BBDSZ members%Solidarnosc members%Ver.di members%GPA/DJP members%UNITE members% Should a problem arise at work59.957.459.057.559.655.662.956.872.769.685.6To gain access to the unions unemployment insurance scheme41.260.9To improve my pay and conditions15.427.849.045.453.221.448.639.541.753.556.8I believe in trade unionism and want to take part27.814.521.317.037.641.430.550.025.621.921.8Industrial and membership benefits14.623.321.615.719.922.214.171.1240.315.412.9Union lobbying to influence government decisions126.96.36.199.188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206Most people at work are members220.127.116.11.22.410.28.73.61.17.80.7Union training courses and career development advice18.104.22.168.22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199Financial services188.8.131.52.184.108.40.206.220.127.116.11Another reason18.104.22.168.06.97.25.74.22.214.171.124N=1,428N=1,373N=1,466N=741N=3,338N=1,015N=130N=752N=2,550N=1,283N=3,087Notes:1. Respondents were asked to rank their reasons for remaining in a trade union in order with one as the most important reason, two as the second most import reasons and so on. Table 1 reports the results of the reasons ranked at one and two in the ranking, hence the percentage figures add up to more than 100 per cent.2. The presence of unemployment insurance schemes (Sif and TU) means that the comparisons cannot be exact as the number of options available to respondents differed between countries.TABLE 2IF MANAGEMENT DECIDED TO TAKE DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST YOU, TO WHOM WOULD YOUR TURN FOR ADVICE?
Sif members%TU members%NITO members%HK members%CC.OO members%KASZ members%BBDSZ members%Solidarnosc members%Ver.di members%GPA/DJP members%UNITE members%Solicitor2.61.13.03.02.517.023.115.613.1N/A4.9Dont know2.24.03.87.70.55.07.44.126.96.36.199I would have no one to turn to0.71.10.31.20.52.00.92.188.8.131.52Citizens Advice Bureau/N/A0.32.7N/AN/AN/AN/A0.6N/A1.0Chamber of LabourN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A30.9N/AUnion solicitorN/AN/AN/A48.5N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AUnion Steward40.143.931.424.416.138.833.356.58.5N/A25.2Union branch officer34.714.220.930.218.018.19.34.716.9N/A15.2Union full-time officer7.818.832.923.91.512.613.011.513.525.436.7A friend or colleague7.7184.108.40.206.43.34.64.04.01.38.0Web page or helpline220.127.116.11.80.41.01.90.80.72.6/Works councillorN/AN/AN/AN/A18.104.22.168N/A40.237.5N/ANote:Respondents were asked to state the first person/institution to which they would go if threatened by management with disciplinary action.
TABLE 3HOW GOOD IS THE UNION WITHIN YOUR WORKPLACE AT?
Good%Intermediate%Poor%Keeping everyone up to date about proposed changes60.225.514.2Providing everyone a chance to comment on proposed changes39.939.121.0Keeping everyone informed about your employers financial state37.733.528.8Solving disputes between management and employees51.531.616.9Responding to suggestions from employees59.128.312.6Dealing with work problems62.125.312.6Treating members fairly22.214.171.124Finding ways to produce better results for customers/clients51.134.614.4Ensuring security of employment68.823.97.3Good%Intermediate%Poor%Keeping everyone up to date about proposed changes29.524.745.8Providing everyone a chance to comment on proposed changes21.728.050.3Keeping everyone informed about your employers financial state17.524.358.2Solving disputes between management and employees26.025.748.3Responding to suggestions from employees34.525.140.4Dealing with work problems32.025.642.4Treating members fairly36.324.239.5Finding ways to produce better results for customers/clients29.127.943.0Ensuring security of employment37.634.228.2TABLE 4HOW WELL ORGANISED IS THE UNION WITHIN YOUR WORKPLACE?
Well organised%Intermediate%Improvements required%Providing information on union affairs44.228.827.1Providing information on negotiations about pay, etc.50.723.825.6Contact between members and stewards or works councillors50.623.426.0Contact between members and full-time officers38.028.633.4How well the union listens to my views51.722.725.6How well the union represents members on issues that matter to me49.425.125.5Well organised%Intermediate%Improvements required%Providing information on union affairs18.619.062.5Providing information on negotiations about pay, etc.19.716.064.4Contact between members and stewards or works councillors17.516.366.2Contact between members and full-time officers13.517.868.7How well the union listens to my views23.615.660.9How well the union represents members on issues that matter to me126.96.36.199TABLE 5THE PRESENCE, FREQUENCY AND QUALITY OF REPRESENTATION AT THE WORKPLACESif members%TU members%NITO members%HK members%CC.OO members%KASZ members%BBDSZ members%Solidarnosc members%Ver.di members%GPA/DJP members%UNITE members%Is there a steward or works councillor at your workplace?73.863.872.062.168.593.484.389.465.291.732.2If there is a steward or works councillor present, are there enough?68.170.268.372.068.172.279.369.877.078.351.2If there is a steward or works councillor present does s/he adequately represent members?57.653.150.851.958.871.376.982.762.358.460.6Proportion of members content with workplace representation42.533.936.632.240.366.664.873.940.653.619.5Note:The proportion of members content with workplace representation is calculated by multiplying the proportion of members with a steward or works councillor present at their workplace by the proportion of members that think the workplace representative adequately represents members.