Finding a Voice at Work?: New Perspectives on Employment Relations

Paperback | March 19, 2015

EditorStewart Johnstone, Peter Ackers

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How much "say" should employees have in the running of business organizations, and what form should the "voice" take? This is both the oldest and latest question in employment relations. Answers to these questions reflect our fundamental assumptions about the nature of the employmentrelationship, and inform our views on almost every aspect of Human Resource Management (HRM) and Employment Relations.Voice can also mean different things to different people. For some, employee voice is a synonym for trade union representation which aims to defend and promote the collective interests of workers. For others voice, is means of enhancing employee commitment and organisational performance. Othersadvocate workers control as an alternative to conventional capitalist organisations which are run for shareholders. There is thus both a moral and political argument for a measure of democracy at work, as well as a business case argument, which views voice as a potential link in the quest forincreased organisational performance. The key debate for employment relations is which of the approaches "works best" in delivering outcomes which balance competitiveness and productivity, on the one hand, and fair treatment of workers and social justice on the other. Policy makers need pragmatic answers to enduring questions: whatworks best in different contexts, what are the conditions of success, and what are the drawbacks? Some of the most significant developments in employee voice have taken place within the European Union, with various public policy and employer experiments attracting extensive academic research. The book offers a critical assessment of the main contemporary concepts and models of voice in the UKand Europe, and provides an in-depth theoretical and empirical exploration of employee voice in one accessible and cohesive collection.

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How much "say" should employees have in the running of business organizations, and what form should the "voice" take? This is both the oldest and latest question in employment relations. Answers to these questions reflect our fundamental assumptions about the nature of the employmentrelationship, and inform our views on almost every a...

Stewart Johnstone is Senior Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Newcastle University Business School and was previously Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Loughborough University. His specialist teaching includes Employment Relations and Human Resource Management courses at undergraduate, postgraduate, and executive levels. ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.69 inPublished:March 19, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Mike Emmott (CIPD): Foreword1. Stewart Johnstone and Peter Ackers: Introduction: Employee Voice: The Key Question for Contemporary Employment RelationsPART ONE: KEY CONCEPTS2. Edmund Heery: Frames of Reference and Worker Participation3. David Guest: Voice and Employee Engagement4. Anne-marie Greene: Voice and Workforce DiversityPART TWO: UNION VOICE - COMPETING STRATEGIES5. Peter Ackers: Trade Unions as Professional Associations6. Melanie Simms: Union organizing as an alternative to Partnership. Or what to do when employers can't keep their side of the bargain7. Stewart Johnstone: The case for Workplace PartnershipPART THREE: EUROPEAN MODELS and VARIETIES OF CAPITALISM8. Peter Samuel and Nick Bacon: Social partnership in devolved nations: Scotland and Wales9. Michael Gold and Ingrid Artus: Employee Participation in Germany: Tensions and Challenges10. Andrew Timming and Michael Whittall: The Promise of European Works Councils: 20 years of Statutory Employee Voice11. Tony Dobbins and Tony Dundon: The EU Information and Consultation Directive in liberal-market economiesPART FOUR: LOOKING AHEAD12. Richard Hyman: Making Voice Effective: Imagining Trade Union responses to an era of post-Industrial Democracy13. Bruce E.Kaufman: The future of employee voice in the USA: predictions from an employment relations model of voice