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Employee Representation in Non-Union Firms

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Paul Gollan
SAGE Publications (January 2007)

Are non-union systems of representation an acceptable alternative to union-based systems? Or do they in fact complement more traditional forms of union representation?

This book is the first of its kind to consider these and other challenging questions. Employee Representation in Non-Union Firms offers a comprehensive overview of this practice in the UK and locates this within an international context. Readers are invited to consider the potential implications and limitations of these arrangements, and to examine how unions respond, through bargaining, consultation and representation processes. Throughout issues are addressed on both a macro and micro level, while this book reviews the literature and examines current practice using survey data and original case analysis.

Paul Gollan is an associate fellow in the Employment Relations and Organisation Behaviour Group in LSE's Department of Management and associate professor in the Department of Business, Division of Economic and Financial Studies, Macquarie University.


'Paul Gollan's book is an important contribution to our understanding of the significance of non-union employee representation in Britain and its implications for the future of employment relations. It is highly recommended.'
Russell Lansbury, professor of work and organisational studies, University of Sydney

'Can employees have a voice without independent collective organisation? In the UK, unlike most of continental Europe, government and employers typically answer yes. Gollan's detailed study provides sound reasons for scepticism.'
Richard Hyman, Department of Industrial Relations, LSE

'We know very little about the non-union sector in Britain despite the fact that it now embraces the clear majority of the workforce. The publication of Paul Gollan's Employee Representation in Non-Union Firms therefore represents a very important addition to the field. Based on extensive and detailed in-depth study of some leading non-union employers, it throws new light on the ways in which employee interests are represented in such firms.'
Professor John Kelly, Birkbeck College

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