Social risk protection in collective agreements: Evidence from the Netherlands

Yerkes, Mara and Tijdens, Kea (2010) Social risk protection in collective agreements: Evidence from the Netherlands. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 16 4: 369-383. doi:10.1177/0959680110384608

Author Yerkes, Mara
Tijdens, Kea
Title Social risk protection in collective agreements: Evidence from the Netherlands
Journal name European Journal of Industrial Relations   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-6801
Publication date 2010-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0959680110384608
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 369
End page 383
Total pages 5
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract To what extent can collective bargaining compensate for a decline in or absence of welfare state protection against social risks? In this article, we use a comprehensive collective agreement database to analyse social risk coverage in the Netherlands from 1995 to 2009. We compare two forms of social risk, disability and work—life arrangements, analysing the share of collective agreements that offer these arrangements across time. Our results show that collective bargaining differs across the public and private sector but is similar at different levels of bargaining. In general, our findings demonstrate that collective agreements often compensate for declining welfare state coverage or a lack of state provision. As a result, the findings presented here suggest occupational welfare, in the form of collective bargaining, is an important component of welfare provision that is oftentimes overlooked in the current welfare state literature.
Keyword Collective bargaining
Social risks
The Netherlands
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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