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The Limits of Statutory Trade Union Recognition

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  • Brown, W
  • Hudson, M
  • Deakin, S
  • Pratten, C

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The paper assesses the prospects for Britain's new statutory trade union recognition procedure in the light of empirical evidence concerning union derecognition practice in the 1990s. It draws on 15 cases of union derecognition across a broad spread of employment, matched with comparable cases where recognition was retained. It is shown that in practice, the line between recognition and non-recognition was extremely blurred. A move towards more cooperative workplace arrangements, associated with a 'partnership' model of industrial relations, was common to employers in both categories. As part of this process, the traditional distinction between negotiation and consultation was breaking down. Against this background, we argue that it is far from clear that the current legislative strategy, in focusing on statutory recognition, is the best way of promoting partnership at work.

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Paper provided by ESRC Centre for Business Research in its series ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers with number wp199.

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Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp199

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Keywords: trade union recognition; collective bargaining; employment contracts; labour law.;

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  1. Phillip B. Beaumont & I. D. Harris, 1995. "Union de-recognition and declining union density in Britain," Industrial and Labor Relations Review, ILR Review, Cornell University, ILR School, vol. 48(3), pages 389-402, April.
  2. William Brown & Simon Deakin & David Nash & Sarah Oxenbridge, 2000. "The Employment Contract: From Collective Procedures to Individual Rights," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 38(4), pages 611-629, December.
  3. R Disney & A Gosling & Stephen Machin, 1993. "What has Happened to Union Recognition in Britain?," CEP Discussion Papers dp0130, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
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  1. Brown, W. & Ryan, P., 2003. "The Irrelevance of Trade Union Recognition? A Comparison of Two Matched Companies," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0323, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.
  2. Jo Blanden & Stephen Machin & John Van Reenen, 2005. "New Survey Evidence on Recent Changes in UK Union Recognition," CEP Discussion Papers dp0685, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  3. Zagelmeyer, Stefan, 2003. "Die Entwicklung kollektiver Verhandlungen in Gro├čbritannien: ein historischer ├ťberblick," Discussion Papers 17, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Chair of Labour and Regional Economics.
  4. S Oxenbridge & S Deakin & W Brown & C Pratten, 2001. "Collective Employee Representation and the Impact of Law: Initial Response to the Employment Relations Act 1999," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp206, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  5. Suzanne Konzelmann & Frank Wilkinson & Maria Hudson, 2002. "Partnership in Practice," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp239, ESRC Centre for Business Research.

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