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Finding a voice at work? : new perspectives on employment relations

Author: Stewart Johnstone; Peter Ackers
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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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 employment relationship, and inform our views on almost every aspect of Human Resource Management (Hrm) and Employment Relations. Voice can also  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Stewart Johnstone; Peter Ackers
ISBN: 0199668019 9780199668014 9780199668007 0199668000
OCLC Number: 903984145
Description: xxvi, 309 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: Employee voice --
the key question for contemporary employment relations / Stewart Johnstone and Peter Ackers --
Frames of reference and worker participation / Edmund Heery --
Voice and employee engagement / David E. Guest --
Voice and workforce diversity / Anne-Marie Greene --
Trade unions as professional associations / Peter Ackers --
Union organizing as an alterative to partnership, or what to do when employers can't keep their side of the bargain / Melanie Simms --
The case for workplace partnership / Stewart Johnstone --
Social partnership in devolved nations : Scotland and Wales / Peter Samuel and Nick Bacon --
Employee participation in Germany : tensions and challenges / Michael Gold and Ingrid Artus --
The promise of European works councils : twenty years of statutory employee voice / Andrew R. Timming and Michael Whittall --
The EU information and consultation directive in liberal market economies / Tony Dobbins and Tony Duncan --
Making voice effective : imagining trade union responses to an era of post-industrial democracy / Richard Hyman --
The future of employee voice in the USA : predictions from an employment relations model of voice / Bruce E. Kaufman.
Responsibility: edited by Stewart Johnstone, Peter Ackers.
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