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Introducing employment relations : a critical approach

Author: Steve Williams
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Third editionView all editions and formats
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This book is an accessible and engaging introduction to the subject, and a must-read text for all students of employment relations. The book is both comprehensive and clearly focussed, going beyond the traditional regulation of the employment relationship to examine how it is experienced and contested by employees, either individually or collectively. Adopting a critical approach, Introducing Employment Relations  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Steve Williams
ISBN: 9780199645497 0199645493
OCLC Number: 862091508
Notes: Previously published: Contemporary employment relations : a critical introduction / Steve Williams and Derek Adam-Smith. 2010.
Description: xxvi, 394 ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. The nature of employment relations --
1.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: The relevance of employment relations --
1.2. The employment relationship and employment relations --
1.3. Employment relations as a 'field of study' --
1.4. Employment relations: actors, processes, outcomes, and contexts --
1.5. Conclusion: the value of employment relations --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Employment relations in Amazon --
2. Employment relations in the contemporary economy --
2.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Agency workers and employment flexibility --
2.2. Work and employment relations: from the 'new economy' to recession --
2.3. Employment relations in a global economy --
2.4. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: The effectiveness of voluntary labour codes --
3. The politics of employment relations --
3.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: The European Union's Agency Workers Directive --
3.2. Public policy and employment relations --
3.3. Labour and employment relations in Britain, 1997-2010 --
3.4. The coalition government's policy approach in employment relations --
3.5. Employment relations and the politics of European integration --
3.6. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: The Irish Ferries dispute --
4. Social divisions and employment relations --
4.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Pregnancy discrimination at work --
4.2. Discrimination, disadvantage, and inequality in work and employment relations --
4.3. Public policy, anti-discrimination legislation, and equality at work --
4.4. Equality and diversity at work --
4.5. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Equal pay in local government-unions v lawyers --
5. Managing employment relations --
5.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Engaging employees at McDonalds --
5.2. Managing with trade unions --
5.3. Challenging unions --
5.4. Sophisticated human resource management and employment relations --
5.5. Conceptualizing the management of employment relations --
5.6. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Blacklisting trade unionists in the construction industry --
6. Representation at work --
6.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Organizing workers in a sandwich factory --
6.2. Trade unions, worker representation, and the 'representation gap' --
6.3. Non-union forms of employee representation --
6.4. Cooperative trade unionism and partnership agreements --
6.5. Organizing unionism --
6.6. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Community unionism --
7. Pay determination and employment relations --
7.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: The 'fair tips' campaign --
7.2. Collective bargaining and pay determination --
7.3. Unilateral managerial regulation of pay --
7.4. Regulating low pay --
7.5. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Campaigning for fair pay in supermarkets --
8. Working time and employment relations --
8.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Overtime bans on the railways --
8.2. Working time and employment relations --
8.3. Working time: patterns and trends --
8.4. Work pressures and work intensification --
8.5. The legal regulation of working time --
8.6. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Junior doctors and the Working Time Directive --
9. Labour conflict and employment relations --
9.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: The 2012 pensions strikes at Unilever --
9.2. The nature and purpose of strikes --
9.3. Strike trends --
9.4. The legal regulation of strikes and industrial action --
9.5. Understanding labour conflict: insights from mobilization theory --
9.6. Other forms of labour conflict --
9.7. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: The BA cabin crew dispute 2009-11 --
10. Resolving labour conflict --
10.1. Introduction --
Introductory case study: Redundancy compensation for Woolworths ex-staff --
10.2. Resolving collective disputes --
10.3. Resolving individual disputes: grievance and discipline in employment relations --
10.4. Redundancy and employment relations --
10.5. The system of employment tribunals --
10.6. Conclusion --
Assignment and discussion questions --
Chapter case study: Enforcing employment rights --
11. Conclusion.
Other Titles: Contemporary employment relations
Responsibility: Steve Williams.

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