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Subtle but deadly: union avoidance through "double breasting" among multinational companies

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dc.contributor.author Gunnigle, Patrick
dc.contributor.author Lavelle, Jonathan
dc.contributor.author McDonnell, Anthony
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-22T15:42:43Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-22T15:42:43Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 9781848553965
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5637
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper examines the use of "double breasting" as a means of union avoidance among multinational companies (MNCs). Double breasting refers to the practice whereby multi-establishment organizations simultaneously operate establishments on both union and non-union bases. Using survey data from the largest and most representative empirical investigation of employment practice in MNCs in Ireland, supplemented by qualitative data gathered from case-based investigations in the subsidiary operations of American-owned MNCs, we profile the incidence and pattern of this particular form of union avoidance as well as providing insights on managements rationale for so doing. Our findings suggest that a substantial and increasing number of unionized MNCs in Ireland are engaging in double breasting. This phenomenon is most evident among U.S. MNCs. We also find that employers, at both local and global levels, have proactively initiated double breasting as a strategic ploy to increase management prerogative and better position subsidiary operations to attract new investment from corporate levels. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Emerald Publishing Group Limited en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations;16, pp. 51-73
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2009)0000016006
dc.rights This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here http://ulir.ul.ie. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald en_US
dc.subject industrial relations en_US
dc.subject Britain en_US
dc.subject recognition en_US
dc.subject policies en_US
dc.subject density en_US
dc.subject decline en_US
dc.subject still en_US
dc.title Subtle but deadly: union avoidance through "double breasting" among multinational companies en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2017-03-22T15:27:02Z
dc.description.version ACCEPTED
dc.identifier.doi 10.1108/S0742-6186(2009)0000016006
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1617935
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.identifier.journaltitle Advances In Industrial And Labor Relations, Vol 16
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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