Voice and Involvement at Work: Experience with Non-Union Representation
Paul J. Gollan, Bruce E. Kaufman, Daphne Taras, Adrian Wilkinson
Routledge, Aug 21, 2014 - Business & Economics - 420 pages
In the last decade, nonunion employee representation (NER) has become a much discussed topic in the fields of human resource management, employment relations, and employment/labor law. This book examines the purpose, structure, and performance of various types of employee representation bodies created by companies in non-union settings to promote collective forums for voice and involvement at the workplace.
This unique volume presents the first longitudinal evidence on the performance, success, and failure of NER plans over an extended time period. Consisting of twelve detailed, in-depth case studies of actual NER plans in operation across four countries, this volume provides unparalleled evidence on such matters as: the motives behind the initial establishment of NER, different organizational forms of NER in industry, key success and failure factors over the long-term, pro and con evaluations for employers and employees, and more. Voice and Involvement at Work captures an unequalled international and comparative perspective through a wide cross-section of different NER forms.
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Instead of following the American National Labor Relations Act (NLRA, or Wagner Act) 1935 ban on company unions, the Canadians did not create a comprehensive Wagner Act equivalent until 1944, when the political and economic environment ...
A famous example from this period is the John Lewis Partnership, Ltd.—a retail goods company that reorganized so that employees (“partners”) received the bulk of profit and elected representatives to co-manage the company through ...
The company has extensive operations in banking, insurance, and pension funds and has more than 16,000 employees. NER at Suncorp has evolved and grown over a twenty-five-year period as the company has gone through numerous acquisitions ...
In 2005, the company's management attempted to take advantage of the greater freedom provided by newly introduced workplace legislation to phase out the union and deal directly with the employees instead. Within that context, Cochlear ...
In an interesting example of corporate flame-out, the company just as quickly declined and ceased to operate in 2011. Two years after its founding, top management decided to establish an NER organization called the Employee Forum.
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