Workplace voice and employee partnership in the UK: comparative case studies of union strategy and worker experience

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Upchurch, M., Danford, A., Richardson, M. and Tailby, S. 2005. Workplace voice and employee partnership in the UK: comparative case studies of union strategy and worker experience. Economic and Industrial Democracy. 26 (4), pp. 593-620. https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X05057503
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TitleWorkplace voice and employee partnership in the UK: comparative case studies of union strategy and worker experience
AuthorsUpchurch, M., Danford, A., Richardson, M. and Tailby, S.
Abstract

This article addresses the role of ‘employee voice’ in workplace partnership. Drawing on two organizational case studies from the UK’s aerospace sector, it analyses employee experiences of two key dimensions of worker participation in partnership environments: joint consultation and union representation. Specifically, it investigates what consultation and union representation actually mean for employees in the context of different union responses to employer-driven partnership agendas. The article finds predominantly negative patterns of employee experience and attributes this partly to management control strategies and the short-termist dynamic of British manufacturing capital.

Research GroupEmployment Relations group
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
ISSN0143-831X
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Print01 Nov 2005
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Deposited28 Nov 2008
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0143831X05057503
LanguageEnglish
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