UK+Feb+10 - Employment Relations in Britain Feb. 10, 2011...

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Unformatted text preview: Employment Relations in Britain Feb. 10, 2011 Economic Context Dominated 19th Century World Economy Loss of exploitable colonial possessions since World War II Conservative government adopted restrictive monetary and fiscal policies to combat inflation; high unemployment (12% in 1986) Conservative government opposed EU Social Chapter, making UK attractive for FDI Blair government, the third way approach 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 Regulation of picketing Must be outside or near pickets 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 cant be disciplined by union Regulation of unofficial strikes (without the approval of union hierarchy)...
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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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