Workplace Partnership: Management and Union Strategy

  • Andy Danford
  • Mike Richardson
  • Paul Stewart
  • Stephanie Tailby
  • Martin Upchurch
Part of the The Future of Work Series book series (TFW)

Abstract

In the unionized sectors, partnership is fast becoming the new orthodoxy in British industrial relations. This is partly a function of employer responses to intensified global competition and neo-liberal imperatives. It is also a function of the post-1997 shift in politicoeconomic conditions and in particular, successive Labour Governments’ quest for a ‘modernization’ of workplace relations. In this context, as Martínez Lucio and Stuart (2002a and 2002b) have argued, partnership is central to a modernizing agenda because it is seen as a means of permanently substituting co-operative relations for class conflict at work. The new co-operative relations are predicated on an extension of employee rights and a commitment by organized labour to work with employers, rather than against them, in the interests of improving organizational performance.

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Copyright information

© Andy Danford, Mike Richardson, Paul Stewart, Stephen Tailby and Martin Upchurch 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Andy Danford
    • 1
  • Mike Richardson
    • 1
  • Paul Stewart
    • 1
  • Stephanie Tailby
    • 1
  • Martin Upchurch
    • 2
  1. 1.University of the West of EnglandUK
  2. 2.Middlesex University Business SchoolUK

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