Consultation at Work: Regulation and Practice by Mark Hall

Consultation at Work: Regulation and Practice

byMark Hall, John Purcell

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The practice of consultation between senior managers and employee representatives has a long history in British employment relations yet has often been overshadowed by discussions on collective bargaining. In the last few decades, the importance of consultation has been elevated by two maintrends: the decline in trade union membership and the retreat from collective bargaining in the private sector on the one hand, with the result that consultation may be the only form of collective employee voice available; and the programme of legislative support for consultation by the EuropeanUnion since the 1970s on the other.The book charts the meaning and development of consultation in the twentieth century and explores the justifications for the practice. It shows how EU intervention to promote consultation evolved and changed, paying particular attention to the adoption of the Information and Consultation ofEmployees (ICE) Regulations, which became fully operational in enterprises with 50 or more employees in 2008. Analysing the half-hearted response to EU consultation initiatives by the social partners in Britain, it provides a critical assessment of successive UK governments' handling of the issue.Drawing on the authors' empirical research in twenty-five organizations, the book closely examines the take-up and impact of consultation regulations, and explores the processes involved in effective consultation. Consultation at Work looks at the dynamics of consultation and draws a contrast between 'active' consultation of the type envisaged by the EU, and more limited consultation used as a means of communication. Discussing the UK experience in comparative perspectives, it asks what has to happen for thetake-up of consultation to improve and suggests the changes that should be made to the EU Directive and UK ICE Regulations.

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Mark Hall is Professorial Fellow at the Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick. He previously worked on the TUC's head office staff throughout the 1980s. He has written extensively on the legal regulation of employee representation. He acted as a consultant to the European Commission, 1990-1,...
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Title:Consultation at Work: Regulation and PracticeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:November 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Consultation at Work: Competing Agendas, Differing Expectations2. Justifications for Consultation3. Legislating for Employee Consultation: the Significance of EU-level Regulation4. Half-hearted Regulation in the UK5. The Take-up and Impact of Statutory Consultation6. The Practice of Consultation7. The Dynamics of Consultation8. The Future of ConsultationAppendix

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"This is a sophisticated and scholarly volume. It provides an excellent overview of HRM for those seeking to learn more about the field and a valuable resource for those teaching or researching in the area." --Work and Occupations