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All Change at Work? : British Employment Relations 1980-98, Portrayed by the Workplace Industrial Relations Survey Series - Alex Bryson

All Change at Work?

British Employment Relations 1980-98, Portrayed by the Workplace Industrial Relations Survey Series

Hardcover Published: 27th April 2000
ISBN: 9780415206341
Number Of Pages: 308

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This book is the latest publication reporting the results of a series of workplace surveys conducted by the Department of Trade and Industry, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service and the Policy Studies Institute. It addresses such contemporary employee relations issues as:


* Have new configurations of labour-management practices become embedded in the British economy?
* Did the dramatic decline in trade union representation in the 1980s continue throughout the 1990s, leaving more employees without a voice?
* Are the vestiges of union organisation at the workplace a hollow shell?


The focus of this book is on change, captured by gathering together the enormous bank of data from all four of the large-scale and highly respected surveys, and plotting trends from 1980 to the present. In addition, a special panel of workplaces, surveyed in both 1990 and 1998, reveals the complex processes of change. Comprehensive in scope, the results are statistically reliable and reveal the nature and extent of change in all bar the smallest British workplaces. A key text for anyone interested in employment and the changing world of work, whether as student, researcher, teacher, analyst, adviser or practitioner.

Introduction
The essential features of the WIRS design
Elements of the survey employed in this volume
The changing landscape, 1980-98
The nature of our analysis and contents of the book
The dynamic context of workplace employment relations
Industry and Ownership
Size of Workforce
Location within larger organizations
Internationalization
Age and relocation
Changes in technology
Changes in the composition of the workforce
Summary and conclusions
The Management of employee relations
Who manages employee relations
The emergence of a profession
The gender issue: women managing employee relations
A changing role for employee relations managers
The status and influence of employee relations managers
Conclusions
Have employess lost their voice?
Union presence, Union membership density
Trade Union recognition
Other channels for collective employee voice
Direct Communication methods
An overall view of employee voice
Conclusions
Union recognition: a 'hollow shell'?
Workplace union density
The nature of union representation
Procedural involvement and the appointment of committee representatives
Collective bargaining, Limits on management's ability to organize work
Industrial action
Conclusions
Pay determination and reward systems
The overall pattern of pay determination
The overall coverage of collective bargaining
Multi-unionism and bargaining structure
Payment systems
The dispersion of pay within workplaces
Conclusions
Verdict and prospect
The changing context of employment relations
The nature of employment relations management
Decentralization and workplace autonomy
Joint regulation of the employment relationship
Sources of change
A transformation - but to what?
Technical Appendix
The workplace industrial relations survey series
The 1980-98 time series
The 1990-98 panel survey
The 1990 dataset of 'leavers'
The 1998 dataset of 'joiners'
Accessing the data used in this volume
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ISBN: 9780415206341
ISBN-10: 0415206340
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 27th April 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.61
Edition Number: 1

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