This major international handbook provides a complete review and guide to past and present knowledge in this essential field of inquiry. Assembling an outstanding team of scholars from around the world, it comprehensively explores the current state of the art in academic thinking and the current structures and processes for the administration of public policy following this period of rapid transformation and change.
Chapter 7: Labor-Management Relations and Partnerships: Were They Reinvented?
Labor-Management Relations and Partnerships: Were They Reinvented?
Workers, managers, politicians and the public have important stakes in the outcomes of public sector labor relations processes. At issue for workers are pay levels and working conditions, for managers, workforce quality and the degree of authority wielded at the workplace, and for politicians, the support or opposition of an important constituency as well as the fiscal consequences of pay decisions. At issue for the public are jobs, tax rates related to decisions about public pay, and service quality as impacted by employee ability and motivation.
In the postwar years in many Western countries accommodation was reached among these parties on an approach to labor-management relations which tended to advantage both politicians and ...