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Employee forums in the UK: friend or foe of trade unions?

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Whittall, Michael; Tuckman, Alan

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Abstract "With a tradition of informing and consulting employees resting on a single union channel, the 2002 EU Information and Consultation (ICE) Directive was bound to have a significant impact on employee relations in the UK Undoubtedly, the works council as an institution, or employee forum as it is often referred to in the UK, represents a totally new departure in UK employment relations. The article specifically focuses on the repercussions employee forums might have for trade unions. We focus on two companies which have both recently founded employee forums to comply with ICE regulation. We ask whether such forums should be considered as posing a threat to British trade unions, or platform for revitalising their position within the workplace." (author's abstract)
Keywords Great Britain; worker participation; co-worker; participation; codetermination; representation of interests; trade union; works council; industrial relations; labor relations
Classification Sociology of Work, Industrial Sociology, Industrial Relations
Document language English
Publication Year 2008
Page/Pages p. 225-253
Journal International Journal of Action Research, 4 (2008) 3
ISSN 1861-1303
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Deposit Licence - No Redistribution, No Modifications