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Employee Representation - Participation and Employee Relations at the Crossroads?

International Journal of Applied HRM (ISSN: 1742-2604) Volume 1 Issue 2

Jereme Snook

ABSTRACT

This paper presents a brief overview of academic debates within UK employee relations’ literature identified with the concepts of indirect employee involvement and participation. By using the literature, the writer will suggest that the current system of voluntarism does not encourage the exercise of indirect employee participation schemes as forums for employee representation. By so doing the paper then suggests that, as voluntarism is replaced by incoming EU legislation affording rights to information and consultation in UK workplaces, this process will promote a new dawn in employee participation within UK organisations. The paper also suggests that the processes of non-union representation synonymous with indirect employee representation, such as non-statutory company works councils, might be included within a model or typology of indirect participation and therefore be used to distinguish Continental EU systems from UK systems of representation.

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