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Contemporary Industrial Relations, 2019/20, Semester 1
Dr Hugh Cook
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A suite of rooms for this module has been set up on the VLE.  Copies of lecture notes and other resources are available from here.

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1)  Introduction to Industrial Relations

This lecture sets the scene by defining industrial relations as a field of study. It asks, what’s the basis of the employment relationship between employees and employers?

Dunlop J.T. (1958), Industrial Relations Systems, Holt-Dryden, New York.

Gennard, J. and Judge, J. (1997) Employee Relations, CIPD.

Fox A. (1966), Research Paper 3, Royal Commission on trade unions and employers' associations, 1965-68 [electronic resource]., HM Stationary Office, London

Van Wanrooy B, Bewley H, Bryson A, Forth J, Freeth S, Stokes L and Wood S (2013) The 2011 Workplace Employment Relations Study-First findings. Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

I)  The State and Industrial Relations

These two lectures question the role of the State as an actor in the employment relationship. Within the UK we will consider the shift from the ‘New Right’ Conservative government to the ‘New Left’ Labour administration, and the ‘return’ to the right under the coalition government. However, with the growing significance of the EU the State is increasingly influenced from outside its traditional boundaries.

2)  Industrial Relations and the role of European Union

Jensen, C.S. Madsen, J.S. and Due, J. (1999) ‘Phases and Dynamics in the Development of EU Industrial Relations Regulation’. Industrial relations journal. . 30(2).

Leat M (1998), Human resource issues of the European Union, Pitman, London. (Chapter 6) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Gennard, John, (2010) Chapter 5: The Importance of the European Union. FROM: Gennard, John, Managing employment relations, 5th ed. pp.133-176. London: Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [GA1] (Available on the VLE under ONLINE COURSE READING FOLDER) Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

 Gumbrell-McCormick, R., & Hyman, R. (2013) ‘Mapping the terrain: varieties of Industrial Relations and Trade Unionism (introduction), Trade unions in Western Europe : hard times, hard choices. Oxford University Press.

Howell, C, (1999) Unforgiven : British trade unionism in crisis.In: Martin, A, The brave new world of European labor : European trade unions at the millennium. pp.27-74. New York: Berghahn Books. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Schiek, D., Oliver, L., Forde, C., Alberti, G. (2015) In The EU socio-economic model from Rome to Lisbon and beyond (Chapter 1.2 and 1.3 ); Conclusion and Recommendations.n Collective Bargaining in the Internal Market (Chapter 5. 4). In EU Social and Labour Rights and EU Internal Market Law. Directorate General for Internal Policies. Policy Department A: economic and scientific Policy. Document requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Employment Affairs (EMPL) Available online

3) New Labour’s legacy, and beyond

Howell C. (2004), ‘Is There a Third Way for Industrial Relations? , British Journal of Industrial Relations, 42:1 March 2004.

Smith, P. and Morton, G. (2006) ‘Nine Years of New Labour: Neoliberalism and Worker Rights’ British Journal of Industrial Relations, 44(3): 401-420.

Williams, S. and Scott, P. (2010) ‘Shooting the past? The modernisation of Conservative Party employment relations policy under David Cameron’, Industrial relations journal., 41(1): 4-18.

Theme II Voice at Work

Voice at work is considered one of the key mechanisms for improving the performance of organisations. These lectures consider the extent and impact of voice in the UK and the influence of the EU in extending its impact.

6)  High Performance Workplaces

Godard, John (2004) ‘A Critical Assessment of the High-Performance Paradigm’ British Journal of Industrial Relations. vol. 42:2 pp. 349 – 78.

Guest, D.E., 2011. Human resource management and performance: still searching for some answers. Human resource management journal. , 21(1), pp. 3-13.

Truss, C., 2001. Complexities and Controversies in Linking Hrm with Organizational Outcomes. Journal of management studies. , 38(8), pp. 1121-1149.

Wood, Stephen (1999) ‘Human Resource Management and Performance’ International journal of management reviews. vol. 1:4 pp. 367 - 413.

7)  Demise of collectivism and partnerships

Frege, C. (2002) ‘A Critical Assessment of the Theoretical and Empirical Research ion German Works Councils’ British Journal of Industrial Relations., 40(2): 221-248.

Hall, M. (2006) ‘A cool response to the ICE Regulations? Employer and trade union approaches to the new legal framework for information and consultation’ Industrial relations journal., 37(5): 456-472.

Terry, M. (1999) ‘Systems of collective employee representation in non-union firms in the UK’ Industrial relations journal., 30(1): 16-30.

Theme III: Equality, Fairness and Industrial Relations

Week 4. Equality at work in the UK

Week 5. Equality – the European Agenda and Dimension

  • Leschke, J., & Jepsen, M. (2014). Is the economic crisis challenging the prevailing gender regime? A comparison of Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. Social politics. : International Studies in Gender, State & Society , 21 (4), 485-508.

Theme IV: Contemporary Industrial Relations: Continuity and Change

Week 8. Employers, and management strategies in work and employment Flexibility

The lecture will focus specifically on the changing strategic and tactical initiatives being adopted by a number of employers in the management of work, employment and industrial relations. This will include consideration of employment status, networked organisations, the flexibilisation of work and the implications of these for trade unions and for industrial relations generally

  • Precarious work
  • Uber, Deliveroo and employment status (Taylor Report)
  • Challenges for unions in organising ‘self-employed’ and flexible workers

Week 9. New social movements and new actors in industrial relations

This list was last updated on 19/09/2018