What Workers Say: Employee Voice in the Anglo-American Workplace / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Cornell University Press
This book brings together research in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand to answer a series of key questions:
* What opportunities do employees in Anglo-American workplaces have to voice their concerns and what do they seek?
* To what extent, and in what contexts, do workers want greater union representation?
* How do workers feel about employer-initiated channels of influence? What styles of engagement do they want with employers?
* What institutional models are more successful in giving workers the voice they seek at workplaces?
* What can unions, employers, and public policy makers learn from these studies of representation and influence?
The research is based largely on surveys that were conducted as a follow-up to the influential Worker Representation and Participation Survey (WRPS) reported in What Workers Want, coauthored by Richard B. Freeman and Joel Rogers in 1999 and updated in 2006. Taken together, these studies authoritatively outline workers' attitudes toward, and opportunities for, representation and influence in the Anglo-American workplace. They also enhance industrial relations theory and suggest strategies for unions, employers, and public policy.
|Publisher:||Cornell University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.54(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Peter Boxall is Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Auckland. He is coauthor of Strategy and Human Resource Management and coeditor of The Oxford Handbook of Human Resource Management.
Richard B. Freeman is Ascherman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Codirector of the Labor and Worklife Program at the Harvard Law School, and Director of the Labor Studies Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is also Senior Research Fellow in Labour Markets at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. He is the coauthor of What Workers Want, Updated Edition, also from Cornell.
Peter Haynes is a former senior trade union official. His research spans studies of worker representation and participation, union strategy, high-performance work systems, and service-sector human resource management.
Table of ContentsAcknowledgments vii
Introduction: The Anglo-American Economies and Employee Voice Richard B. Freeman Peter Boxall Peter Haynes 1
Can the United States Clear the Market for Representation and Participation? Richard B. Freeman 25
Say What? Employee Voice in Canada Michele Campolieti Rafael Gomez Morley Gunderson 49
What Voice Do British Workers Want? Alex Bryson Richard B. Freeman 72
Employee Voice in the Irish Workplace: Status and Prospect John Geary 97
Australian Workers: Finding Their Voice? Julian Teicher Peter Holland Amanda Pyman Brian Cooper 125
Employee Voice and Voicelessness in New Zealand Peter Boxall Peter Haynes Keith Macky 145
Employee Voice in the Anglo-American World: What Does It Mean for Unions? David Peetz Ann Frost 166
Why Should Employers Bother with Worker Voice? John Purcell Konstantinos Georgiadis 181
What Should Governments Do? Thomas A. Kochan 198
Conclusion: What Workers Say in the Anglo-American World Peter Boxall PeterHaynes Richard B. Freeman 206