'Whitleyism' can also refer to...

Chris Whitley (b. 1960)

John Henry Whitley (1866—1935) speaker of the House of Commons

Keith Whitley (1955—1989)

Percival Nathan Whitley (1893—1956) cotton spinner and educationist

Ray Whitley (b. 1901)

Richard Whitley

Roger Whitley (1618—1697) royalist army officer and politician

Sir James Whitley Deans Dundas (1785—1862) naval officer and politician

Whitley Stokes (1830—1909) Celtic scholar

William Thomas Whitley (1858—1942) art historian


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Is the system of industrial relations that has been dominant in the public sector since the report of the Whitley Commission at the end of the First World War. Whitleyism is characterized by joint negotiation and consultative committees at national, regional, and local levels, with terms and conditions of employment being set through highly prescriptive national agreements. The system was first established for the civil service and school teachers and then extended subsequently to local government and the National Health Service. The restructuring of the public services since 1980 has led to substantial erosion of Whitleyism. In some cases, joint negotiation has given way to pay determination through Pay Review Bodies (e.g. nurses, teachers) and in others, there has been devolution of bargaining to individual service agencies (e.g. civil service). However, elements of the system continue to survive in local government and the health service. [See Joint Industrial Council.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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