World Bank highlights good effects of
World Bank report says that high unionization rates often lead to
less inequality in earnings, less wage discrimination against
women and minority workers and improved economic performance.
The book, Unions and Collective Bargaining: Economic Effects in
a Global Environment, finds that the positive effects of
unionization tend to be greater in countries with highly
coordinated collective bargaining than in countries where the
labour movement is more fragmented.
The study is based on a survey of more than a thousand studies on
the economic effects of unions and collective bargaining.
"Although it comes as no surprise to the ICFTU, this public
acknowledgement by the World Bank, backed by in-depth research is
welcome," said ICFTU general secretary Guy Ryder, "The bank must
now go on to translate these important findings into policy, which
may involve a significant shift in its organizational culture.
"In contrast to the worker-friendly statements at the global
level, country-level bank staff still routinely advise governments
to, in effect, violate the core labour standards by making access
to unionization and collective bargaining more difficult."
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