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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However, the proportion of the workforce covered by unions has greatly diminished in most countries over the last three decades, opening or worsening what Freeman and Rogers (1999) call an employee participation–representation gap.
IR researchers have taken the lead in researching NER but do so more from a perspective of workforce governance and interest representation for workers (Ackers 2010). Many HRM researchers instead look at employee voice structures as a ...
Also, employees' impeded exit and employers' property right to run the business as they please means internal labour markets and workforce governance procedures are dominated by employers and often operated in a unilateral and perhaps ...
They found that 28 percent of the American workforce, or 34 percent of the non-union workforce, reports they work in an organization with a company-created system in which worker representatives meet with management; 14 percent of ...
Today, the NER is called the Suncorp Group Employee Council (SGEC). Unions, although active over the years in trying to organize the employees, have only a small presence among the workforce.
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