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Accompaniment, Workplace Representation and Disciplinary Outcomes in British Workplaces - Just a Formality?

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  • Valerie Antcliff
  • Richard Saundry

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The Workplace Employment Relations Survey 2004 provides data that, for the first time, measure the extent to which workforce representation is part and parcel of grievance and disciplinary processes in British workplaces. This article explores the impact of the introduction of the statutory right to accompaniment at grievance and disciplinary hearings on rates of disciplinary sanctions, dismissals and employment tribunal applications. It concludes that there is little evidence to suggest that either the right to accompaniment or the operation of formal grievance and disciplinary procedures moderates disciplinary outcomes. Instead, it argues that trade union and employee representatives may be influential in facilitating the resolution of workplace disputes. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd/London School of Economics 2009.

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  • Valerie Antcliff & Richard Saundry, 2009. "Accompaniment, Workplace Representation and Disciplinary Outcomes in British Workplaces - Just a Formality?," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 47(1), pages 100-121, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:brjirl:v:47:y:2009:i:1:p:100-121
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    1. Bernard Walker & R.T. Hamilton, 2015. "What influences the progression of employment rights disputes?," Industrial Relations Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 117-133, March.
    2. Roger Wilkins & Mark Wooden, 2013. "Gender Differences in Involuntary Job Loss: Why Are Men More Likely to Lose Their Jobs?," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(2), pages 582-608, April.
    3. repec:bla:indrel:v:48:y:2017:i:1:p:2-21 is not listed on IDEAS
    4. Fang Cooke & Debi Saini, 2015. "From legalism to strategic HRM in India? Grievance management in transition," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 32(3), pages 619-643, September.
    5. Linda Dickens, 2014. "The Coalition government's reforms to employment tribunals and statutory employment rights—echoes of the past," Industrial Relations Journal, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(3), pages 234-249, May.
    6. Jeremy Tanguy, 2013. "Collective and Individual Conflicts in the Workplace: Evidence from F rance," Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 52(1), pages 102-133, January.
    7. Fang Cooke, 2014. "Chinese industrial relations research: In search of a broader analytical framework and representation," Asia Pacific Journal of Management, Springer, vol. 31(3), pages 875-898, September.
    8. repec:eee:labeco:v:48:y:2017:i:c:p:1-22 is not listed on IDEAS
    9. Andy Charlwood & Anna Pollert, 2014. "Informal Employment Dispute Resolution among Low-Wage Non-Union Workers: Does Managerially Initiated Workplace Voice Enhance Equity and Efficiency?," British Journal of Industrial Relations, London School of Economics, vol. 52(2), pages 359-386, June.

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