'Can employees have effective voice without independent collective organisation? In the UK, unlike most of continental Europe, government and employers typically answer yes. Gollan's detailed study provides sound reasons for scepticism' - Richard Hyman, Department of Industrial Relations, LSE 'We know very little about the non-union sector in Britain despite the fact that it now embraces the clear majority of the workforce. The publication of Paul Gollan's Employee Representation in Non-Union Firms therefore represents a very important addition to the field. Based on extensive and detailed in-depth study of some leading non-union employers, it throws new light on the ways in which employee interests are represented in such firms' - Prof John Kelly, Birkbeck College 'Are non-union systems of representation (NER) an acceptable alternative to union-based systems or do they infact complement more traditional forms of union representation?' - Bruce Kaufman, Georgia State University Robinson College of Business This book is the first of its kind to answer this challenging question. It offers a comprehensive overview of NER in the UK and locates UK practice within an international context. Readers are invited to consider the potential implications and limitations of NER arrangements, and to examine how unions respond to these NER arrangements through bargaining, consultation and representation processes. Throughout issues are addressed on both a macro and micro level. The book reviews the literature and examines current practice using survey data and original case analysis. Engaging readers who are studying industrial relations, human resource management, employee involvement and consultation, unions and management strategy, it will also be appeal to practioners working in these areas.
Chapter 1: Introduction and Structure
Introduction and Structure
With a few exceptions, it is apparent from existing research that little is known about the effectiveness of employee consultation and representation in non-unionised firms,1 in particular how such non-union employee representation2 (NER) and consultation structures are composed, their independence from managerial influence, and their ‘representativeness’ (Gollan, 2000; Gollan, 2001; Lloyd, 2001; Terry, 1999; Watling and Snook, 2003). In addition, little has been documented about the impact and influence of such structures on managerial decisions.
This book explores the development of NER arrangements and union responses to such arrangements. It also tracks the development of dual channel NER and union voice arrangements and examines the interplay between channels of NER and trade unions. In addition, this book examines management strategies towards ...