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Mark Hall and John Purcell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605460

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199605460.001.0001

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The Take-up and Impact of Statutory Consultation

The Take-up and Impact of Statutory Consultation

(p.88) 5 The Take-up and Impact of Statutory Consultation
Consultation at Work

Mark Hall

John Purcell

Oxford University Press

WERS 2004 showed some increase in the incidence consultative committees in larger workplaces but large parts of the UK economy were not covered. More recent surveys suggest that the regulations have stimulated considerable activity. The largely free hand enjoyed by managers in determining their response to ICE is a reflection of union indifference and the low probability of employees triggering a request. This is in contrast to widespread consultation over redundancies. One exception to union indifference is the print and media section of Unite which has sought to gain negotiated ICE agreements and has taken a key case to the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC). There have been remarkably few applications to the CAC and very few went on to the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT). Case study evidence of the operation of consultative committees reveals that the regulations were not a major influence. Organizational factors were more important. Union indifference and employee inactivity left extensive scope for management unilateralism.

Keywords:   wers, surveys, union indifference, redundancy consultation, ICE agreements, CAC, EAT, regulations, unilateralism

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