The Problems of Consent For Change: The Fawley Refinery Case

  • Jack Stieber


This paper is based on my book, The Fawley Productivity Agreements.I It is therefore mainly a summary of parts of that work, selected and arranged to define some of the problems that management encounters in obtaining the trade unions’ (and their members’) consent to changes in institutionalized working practices. It does not take up the other equally important question, dealt with in the book, of what caused management to display an unusual initiative in labour relations.


Collective Bargaining Labour Relation Wage Increase Union Official Bargaining Unit 
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  1. 1.
    Published by Faber and Faber, Spring list 1964.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Their inter-relationship has led to the development of the concept of a business enterprise as a socio-technical system. See E. L. Trist et al., Organizational Choice Tavistock Publications, 1963.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    See his Behaviour of Industrial Work Groups 1958, p. 251.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    See James W. Kuhn, Bargaining in Grievance Settlement — the Power of Industrial Work Groups Columbia Univ. Press, New York, 1961.Google Scholar

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© International Institute for Labour Studies 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jack Stieber
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  1. 1.Director, School of Labor and Industrial Relations, and Professor of EconomicsMichigan State UniversityUSA

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