Employment Relations in Britain

This course explores contemporary debates about employment regulation in more depth through a single country study. A focus on Britain highlights key developments in areas with broader international relevance, including the balance between legal regulation and collective bargaining ; trends in employee representation and involvement ; and the trajectories of workplace conflict resolution.

Recent years have seen a shift in Britain away from voluntary regulation, between employers and unions as representatives of their workforces, to a more active role for law and the state. This will be analysed through the in depth analysis of topics such as skills crisis, trends in pay and remuneration and the literature on unions revitalisation in a neoliberal state. The course usually includes a session delivered by a guest speaker, usually an industrial relations practitioner, as well as the screening of a film to discuss and analyse implications of employment relation changes in the wider society.

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