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Industrial Relations and Employee Voice

Ulrich Jürgens and Martin Krzywdzinski

in New Worlds of Work

Published in print March 2016 | ISBN: 9780198722670
Published online May 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191789359 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198722670.003.0008
Industrial Relations and Employee Voice

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We encountered high levels of union organization in the automotive plants in the BRICs. Trade union strength in some cases had a direct impact on personnel systems, either because the union was able to act as a veto player, or alternatively, because it was actively involved in implementing decisions and resolving problems. The first issue dealt with in this chapter is how the historical background and current legal regulation has shaped the status of trade unions in the workplace. The second issue is the question of what approach the case-study companies have adopted towards trade union representation. The third question relates to the role of union and non-union forms of voice within companies. The chapter follows a country-based logic, beginning with Brazil, followed by Russia, India, and then China. Particular emphasis is placed on comparing the different employee development approaches of Volkswagen, Toyota, and the domestic manufacturers in the BRICs.

Keywords: trade union; works council; employee voice; participation; labour regulation; industrial relations; collective bargaining

Chapter.  18173 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Human Resource Management ; Corporate Governance

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