Employee Relations

Index here items on employee and industrial relations, the employment relationship, conflict and mediation, industrial action and strikes, trade unions, trade union recognition and negotiation, collective bargaining and whistleblowing.

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    Rover flexibility deal tests social partnership ‘by fire’

    While Rover’s deal on new working hours, due this week, will have been hard won, it may not be enough to deliver the enormous changes that its owner BMW is demanding. The German car giant’s promise of £1.5 billion investment...

    Employers balk at move to extend consultation rights

    British companies fear that the European Commission’s plans to compel them to set up national works councils could mean consulting employees on everything from training to recruitment decisions. Although European commissioners...

    Opera staff sing for their suppers

    A funding crisis may mean that the Royal Opera House has to close for a year, but the prime minister was treated to a final curtain call when members of the Royal Opera House chorus and orchestra decided to sing for their...

    Fairness at work (in brief)

    Automatic workplace recognition for unions which can prove they have over 50 per cent of employees in membership will stay in the Fairness at Work legislation, as will the right of employees to be represented by a trade union...

    EC extends working week limit (in brief)

    The European Commission has proposed to extend a 48-hour limit on the working week to more than five million lorry drivers, junior doctors and railway and maritime workers. The proposals, to be discussed by EU transport ministers...

    Health cheque

    The annual IPD student management report award has been won by South Staffordshire Health Authority’s personnel officer, Sara Adams, for a study on internal communications within her organisation. A cheque for £500 was presented...

    Unhealthy draft

    On Armistice Day, Padraig Flynn, the EU social affairs commissioner, formally announced his proposal for a directive on information and consultation of employees in organisations with more than 50 workers. This would potentially...

    Offshore workers agree deal (in brief)

    A groundbreaking agreement covering 30,000 offshore oil and gas workers has been signed by unions and employers. The agreement, reached after 10 years of wrangling over union recognition, embodies a partnership approach on...

    Tales of restructuring, takeovers and a redundant mission

    BT In 1990 BT employed 1 per cent of the UK population. It has since cut its workforce by half, but every redundancy has been voluntary. Bob Mason, HR director of BT (UK), explained how the company’s “…for a better life”...

    Crackdown on absenteeism

    In an attempt to cut the estimated £6 billion a year being lost to the public sector through absenteeism, all government departments will be set productivity targets in the public-service agreements due to be published...