Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services

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Extract: In Britain, labor−management partnership has been the fulcrum of the Labor Government's employment relations programme since its election in 1997. The Involvement and Participation Association (IPA, 1997; website: http://www.partnership-at-work.com) − the influential employers’ organization − has been at the forefront of promoting labor−management partnership to improve productivity in UK firms through greater employee involvement and participation (see http://www.partnership-at-work.com). The Trades Union Congress (TUC; partnership institute website: http://www.partnership-institute.org.uk) and several of its constituent unions have also endorsed partnership with employers as a route to promote employee ‘voice’ at work, secure better bargaining outcomes and improve union membership levels and density (Undy, 2001). Union density in the UK private sector has declined from 19.9 per cent in autumn 1997 to 17.2 per cent in autumn 2005, while in the public sector it has declined from 60.9 per cent to 58.6 per cent over the same period of time (Grainger, 2006). Advocates of partnership argue that such arrangements deliver mutual gains to the parties involved, viz. higher productivity and profits for employers, better wages and higher employment security to workers and greater influence over management decisions for unions, which in turn help them to attract and recruit new members (e.g. Haynes & Allen, 2001; Deery & Iverson, 2005).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in industrial & labor relations
EditorsDavid Lewin, Bruce E. Kaufman
Place of PublicationBingly (UK)
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Pages75-108
Number of pages34
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-84855-397-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-84855-396-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameAdvances in Industrial and Labor Relations
PublisherEmerald
Volume16
ISSN (Print)0742-6186

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Public services
Labor management
Employers
Productivity
Wages
Trade unions
Employment relations
Profit
Employment security
Employee participation
Management decisions
Employee involvement
Participation
Government
Private sector
Union membership
Employee voice
Workers
Union density
Elections

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Badigannavar, V. (2009). Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services. In D. Lewin, & B. E. Kaufman (Eds.), Advances in industrial & labor relations (pp. 75-108). (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations; Vol. 16). Bingly (UK): Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2009)0000016007
Badigannavar, Vidu. / Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services. Advances in industrial & labor relations . editor / David Lewin ; Bruce E. Kaufman. Bingly (UK) : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2009. pp. 75-108 (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations).
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Badigannavar, V 2009, Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services. in D Lewin & BE Kaufman (eds), Advances in industrial & labor relations . Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, vol. 16, Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., Bingly (UK), pp. 75-108. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2009)0000016007

Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services. / Badigannavar, Vidu.

Advances in industrial & labor relations . ed. / David Lewin; Bruce E. Kaufman. Bingly (UK) : Emerald Group Publishing Ltd., 2009. p. 75-108 (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations; Vol. 16).

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Badigannavar V. Does labor-management partnership deliver mutual gains? Evidence from UK public services. In Lewin D, Kaufman BE, editors, Advances in industrial & labor relations . Bingly (UK): Emerald Group Publishing Ltd. 2009. p. 75-108. (Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations). https://doi.org/10.1108/S0742-6186(2009)0000016007