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The Take-up and Impact of Statutory 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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605460.003.0005
The Take-up and Impact of Statutory Consultation

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WERS 2004 showed some increase in the incidence consultative committees in larger workplaces but large parts of the UK economy were not covered. More recent surveys suggest that the regulations have stimulated considerable activity. The largely free hand enjoyed by managers in determining their response to ICE is a reflection of union indifference and the low probability of employees triggering a request. This is in contrast to widespread consultation over redundancies. One exception to union indifference is the print and media section of Unite which has sought to gain negotiated ICE agreements and has taken a key case to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). There have been remarkably few applications to the CAC and very few went on to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Case study evidence of the operation of consultative committees reveals that the regulations were not a major influence. Organizational factors were more important. Union indifference and employee inactivity left extensive scope for management unilateralism.

Keywords: wers; surveys; union indifference; redundancy consultation; ICE agreements; CAC; EAT; regulations; unilateralism

Chapter.  10772 words. 

Subjects: Human Resource Management

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