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Employment Relations in Britain Feb. 15, 2011
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Macroeconomic Dynamics in the UK (1945-1979) “Stop-go” What caused “stop-go”?
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Thatcher’s Reform How did Mrs. Thatcher resolve the “stop- go” problem? Labor Market Deregulation under Thatcher
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Legal Context: Legislative Changes under the  Thatcher Government Regulation of trade unions Union officials must be elected every five years,   by secret postal ballot  Must poll members on whether to have political  fund every five years Prohibited the closed shop Regulation of collective bargaining Must get members to vote to reauthorize the  “check off” every three years  Employees have right to negotiate individual  contract if they prefer
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Regulation of picketing Must be outside or near picket’s place of work  Normally limited to six persons  Limited purposes Outlaw secondary picketing  Regulation of industrial conflict Narrow union immunity from lawsuits Strikers not protected from “unfair dismissal”  Non-strikers can’t be disciplined by union  Regulation of unofficial strikes (without the  approval of union hierarchy) 
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Other related regulations Outlaw commercial contracts requiring the use  of unionized labor (some violate freedom of  association and collective bargaining) Dramatically raise individual rights above  collective rights (minimum labor standards on a  universal basis) Bring courts deeply into industrial relations
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Thatcher’s Successes and Failures Successes Failures Did the reform represent “market forces gone  mad?”  Did Thatcher cure the “stop-go”? What’s the  difference between “Boom and Bust” and “stop- go”? Was the downside of the reform worth it? Was  there any alternative? What are the impacts of business cycles on  employment relations and workers?
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Blair’s Economic and Labor  Policies How did Mr. Blair attempt to solve “boom and  bust”? What have been the success and failures?
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Blair’s Strategies Monetary policy: Bank of England independence;  interest rates set by a Monetary Policy Committee;  Governor the Bank reported to the House of  Commons in order to increase accountability;  solidification of the inflation targeting regime Fiscal policy: matched Tory spending limits
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This note was uploaded on 11/20/2011 for the course LABOR STUD 575:301 taught by Professor Liu during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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