An organization where management does not recognize a trade union for individual representation, joint consultation, or collective bargaining. Until recently in the UK whether or not to accept a union was purely a matter for management decision. Under the Employment Relations Act 1999, however, employers can be obliged to concede recognition if there is majority support for the union. The Act has also established a statutory right to accompaniment. It is sometimes assumed that employment relations in non-union companies typically follow a cooperative pattern, characterized by employee involvement and soft HRM. In reality, many non-union companies have a poor record for involving their staff and on many dimensions employment conditions tend to be inferior to those found in the unionized portion of the economy. [See black hole, bleak house, derecognition, and representation gap.]
Subjects: Human Resource Management.