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Consultation at Work: Regulation and Practice

Mark Hall and John Purcell


The practice of consultation between senior managers and employee representatives has a long history in British employment relations yet has often been a poor cousin to collective bargaining. Two trends have elevated the importance of consultation. First, the decline in trade union membership and the retreat from collective bargaining in the private sector has meant that consultation is often the only form of collective employee voice available. Second, since the 1970s the European Union (EU) has embarked on programme of legislative support for consultation, most recently in the information an ... More

Keywords: consultation, importance, union decline, EU regulation, justifications, ICE, half-hearted response, coverage, practice, EU comparisons, changes needed

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605460
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605460.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Hall, author
Professorial Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick Business School

John Purcell, author
Associate Fellow, Industrial Relations Research Unit, Warwick Business School