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Collective Employee Representation and the Impact of Law: Initial Response to the Employment Relations Act 1999

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  • S Oxenbridge
  • S Deakin
  • W Brown
  • C Pratten

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Using data gathered primarily during interviews with managers and trade union officials, this article examines how trade unions and employers have reacted to the introduction of the statutory procedure for union recognition in the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA). Findings indicate that the ERA and the drift of EU influence have had a substantial effect in shifting the balance of employer attitudes towards greater approval of trade unions and have accelerated the rate at which employers are redesigning their relationships with unions. Although employers are tending to restrict unions' influence over traditional issues such as pay-setting, they are increasingly seeking their assistance in implementing difficult organisational changes. The article explores the impact of such changes on trade union activity and collective representation more broadly.

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Paper provided by ESRC Centre for Business Research in its series ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers with number wp206.

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Date of creation: Sep 2001
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Handle: RePEc:cbr:cbrwps:wp206

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Keywords: Collective bargaining; employee representation; trade union recognition labour legislation;

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  1. Brown, W & Hudson, M & Deakin, S & Pratten, C, 2001. "The Limits of Statutory Trade Union Recognition," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp199, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
  2. William Brown & Simon Deakin & David Nash & Sarah Oxenbridge, 2000. "The Employment Contract: From Collective Procedures To Individual Rights," ESRC Centre for Business Research - Working Papers wp171, ESRC Centre for Business Research.
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