International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Impact of Employee Unionization on Work Related Behaviors: A Preliminary Study on Private and Public Sector Organizations in Sri Lanka
K. A. S. Dhammika

One of the distinct characteristic of the industrial relation climate of both the public and private sector organizations is having a high unionized work environment. Understanding of these effects of employee unionization on employees’ outcomes is required for managers to formulate better strategies. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of employee unionization on employees’ outcomes in Sri Lankan Context. A sample of 100 employees from both private and public sector were drawn using proportionate stratified random sampling method. A questionnaire was administered to collect the data. Data was analysed with correlation analysis. It was found that both union commitment and union politicization are negatively and significantly associated with employees’ outcomes. Further, it was revealed that employee unionization has higher negative association with employees’ outcomes in the public sector than in the private sector. These findings bear some practical implications to the managing of employees. However, since this is a preliminary study of a more deep empirical study, these conclusions should be taken cautiously.

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