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Future of Worker Representation
 
Series: Future of Work
 
Palgrave Macmillan
 
 
 
 
 
23 Sep 2004
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As trade unions have declined, a representation gap has appeared in British workplaces over the past two decades. In examining the nature of this gap and assessing current attempts to close it, this book draws on original research from the ESRC's prestigious Future of Work Programme. In this edited collection, some of the UK's leading employment relations researchers present insightful evidence of new developments in trade union and worker representation, focusing on key themes such as partnership, gender, and worker attitudes and organization in the 'knowledge economy'. Breaking new ground, contributors examine not only the consequence of legislative change for previously unorganized employees, but also the diverse ways in which unrepresented workers are now being given a voice. Altogether The Future of Worker Representation is a stimulating and thoroughly researched book which gives the reader genuine understanding of the ways in which the democratic deficit in many workplaces can be challenged.


Description

As trade unions have declined, a representation gap has appeared in British workplaces over the past two decades. In examining the nature of this gap and assessing current attempts to close it, this book draws on original research from the ESRC's prestigious Future of Work Programme. In this edited collection, some of the UK's leading employment relations researchers present insightful evidence of new developments in trade union and worker representation, focusing on key themes such as partnership, gender, and worker attitudes and organization in the 'knowledge economy'. Breaking new ground, contributors examine not only the consequence of legislative change for previously unorganized employees, but also the diverse ways in which unrepresented workers are now being given a voice. Altogether The Future of Worker Representation is a stimulating and thoroughly researched book which gives the reader genuine understanding of the ways in which the democratic deficit in many workplaces can be challenged.


Reviews

'...a valuable and worthwhile book.' - Tony Dundow, The Journal of Industrial Relations


Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: DEVELOPMENTS IN TRADE UNION REPRESENTATION
Union Organising in Britain: A Survey of Recent Developments; E.Heery, M.Simms & R.Delbridge
Partnership for Learning: UNISON's Return to Learn Programme; A.Munro & H.Rainbird
High Performance Work Systems and Workplace Partnership: An Aerospace Case Study; A.Danford, M.Richardson, M.Upchurch, S.Tailby & P.Stewart
Minority Women and Trade Unions: Handling the Double Disadvantage; H.Bradley, G.Healy & N.Mukherjee
Needing a New Programme? Union Membership and Attitudes Towards Unions Amongst Software Workers; C.Lockyer & A.Marks
Unionism, Non-unionism and Workers' Attitudes to Representation in Four Call-centres; P.Bain, G.Gall, K.Gilbert & P.Taylor
PART TWO: DEVELOPMENT IN NON-UNION REPRESENTATION
The Emerging System of Statutory Worker Representation; M.Hall & M.Terry
Campaigning for Low Paid Workers: The East London Communities Organisation (TELCO) Living Wage Campaign; J.Wills
The Future of Worker Representation in the United Kingdom; W.Brown, G.Healy, E.Heery & P.Taylor


Authors

GERALDINE HEALY is Professor of Employment Relations at Queen Mary, University of London in the UK. She has researched and published in the field of employment relations with a particular focus on studies of women and trade unions, individualism and collectivism and career development. As part of the ESRC Future of Work Programme, Professor Healy has explored the double disadvantage of minority ethnic women in trade unions and her forthcoming work will consider young minority ethnic workers in traditional and high technology industries, and highly qualified and low paid workers in the health services.

EDMUND HEERY is Professor of HRM at Cardiff Business School, Wales, and Chief Editor of the British Journal of Industrial Relations. He has researched extensively in the field of employment relations with a particular focus on recent developments in UK trade unions. Professor Heery has carried out research on union recruitment and organizing activity, part of which included an evaluation of the TUC's Organizing Academy. He has also researched union representation of workers with non-standard employment contracts, including part-timers, agency workers, freelances and workers with fixed-term contracts. Professor Heery is currently working on the representation of workers through non-traditional institutions, such as campaigning and voluntary organizations.

PHILIP TAYLOR is Reader in Industrial Relations and HRM at the University of Stirling in Scotland. While call centre research has dominated his academic output, he has researched and published widely in many areas including occupational health, trade unionism and HRM, work organization and privatization. He is a lead member of project funded under the UK's ESRC Future of Work Programme.

WILLIAM BROWN is Master of Darwin College, Cambridge, and Professor of Industrial Relations at Cambridge University in the UK. He was previously Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit at Warwick University. He is a member of ACAS Council, and of the Low Pay Commission, Chair of the National Fire Brigades Disputes Committee, and of the Advisory Board of the TUC Partnership Institute.