The Future of Consultation

Mark Hall and John Purcell

in Consultation at Work

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199605460
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746062 | DOI:
The Future of Consultation

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Consultation is important especially at a time of union decline and retreat from collective bargaining revealing a large and growing representation gap. Consultation is the last chance for collectivism. It gives employees a strategic voice and is associated with positive business outcomes. Governments have consistently missed the opportunity to provide positive regulations, and regulation is important to embed practice. There has been a lack of leadership from employers and unions. Some lessons can be drawn from European experience both in response to the directive and from ‘mature’ consultative systems in countries like Germany. The ICE directive and especially the UK regulations need revising to promote effective consultation especially concerning the role of unions, the 10 per cent trigger, PEAs, and the rights of representatives. The enforcement procedures need strengthening. Legislative reform is not sufficient. There needs to union engagement and employer commitment to the practice of consultation.

Keywords: union decline; representation gap; collectivism; missed opportunities; european experience; Germany; legislative changes; unions; employers

Chapter.  8814 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management

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