The cost and benefits model of union membership
Chew, Soon Beng
Chew, Rosalind Seow Lung
Date of Issue2001
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
This paper argues that, where workers can free-ride to enjoy union benefits without becoming members of trade unions, the labour movement must use non-collective bargaining benefits to entice workers to join unions. Specifically, the paper uses non-collective bargaining benefits as a prize to entice workers to join unions and also examines the supply of non-collective bargaining benefits of the labour movement. Based on the demand and supply curves, the number of workers joining the unions can then be determined and policy recommendations will also be discussed.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Economic theory::Macroeconomics
International employment relations review
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