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High performance workplaces: the role of employee involvement in a modern economy evidence on the EU directive establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees


  • Gospel, Howard
  • Willman, Paul


This paper contains evidence submitted on the DTI green paper ''High Performance Workplaces: The Role of Employee Involvement in a Modern Economy: A Discussion Paper''. This follows on the EU Directive establishing a General Framework for Informing and Consulting Employees. The comments proceed as follows. The first section places the development of representative systems in Britain in a broad historical perspective, arguing that there have been a number of missed opportunities in the past in this area. The second section then maps the current situation - it deals with what British workers obtain by way of representation in general and information and consultation in particular. This is compared broadly in the third section with arrangements in three other major countries, the US, Germany, and France, where we suggest there are important lessons to be learnt. The fourth then deals with what British workers say they want. In the fifth section, we speculate about various scenarios and likely future developments. In the final section, answers are provided to some of the specific questions posed in the consultative document.

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  • Gospel, Howard & Willman, Paul, 2003. "High performance workplaces: the role of employee involvement in a modern economy evidence on the EU directive establishing a general framework for informing and consulting employees," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 20052, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
  • Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:20052

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    1. Michael Barry & Alex Bryson & Rafael Gomez & Bruce Kaufman & Guenther Lomas & Adrian Wilkinson, 2018. "The ''Good Workplace'': The Role of Joint Consultative Committees, Unions and HR policies in Employee Ratings of Workplaces in Britain," DoQSS Working Papers 18-08, Department of Quantitative Social Science - UCL Institute of Education, University College London.

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    • R14 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Land Use Patterns
    • J01 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General - - - Labor Economics: General


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