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The Impact of Collective Bargaining Legislation on Strike Activity and Wage Settlements

Document type Article
Author Hebdon, Robert
Author Campolieti, Michele
Author Dachis, Benjamin
Journal Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society
Volume 53
Date 2014
ISSN 1468-232X
Pages 394-429


We examine the effects of collective bargaining legislation, such as (among others) bans on replacement workers and reinstatement rights, on private sector strike activity and wage settlements using Canadian data from 1978 to 2008. Our estimates indicate that this legislation does not have a statistically significant effect on the incidence of strikes. However, we do find that some of the policy variables have a statistically significant effect on strike duration and wage settlements.