Employer / Employee Relations

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‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Employee / Employer relations Different approaches to employee relations: Collective bargaining Individual bargaining Employee participation and industrial democracy Role of trade unions and ACAS Principals of employment law

What is Employee Relations? ‡ Employee and Employer Relations describes the relationship between workers and employers in business .

investor and staff Output Efficiency Profit levels .Why is it important? ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ Motivation Reputation : Potential customers.

Negotiations can be with an individual employer or an employers' association. .Collective v Individual Bargaining ‡ In the nineteenth century workers used to negotiate their own pay and conditions with their employers.INDIVIDUAL BARGAINIG ‡ Collective bargaining occurs when workers allow the union to negotiate on their behalf.

Different Approaches To Employee Relations ‡ The workforce is becoming increasingly flexible with an increased emphasis on part-time and temporary workers and against full-time permanent workers ‡ A flexible work force is cheaper for firms. allows them to meet changes in demand. communication may be problematic and turnover is higher . reduces training and allows for specialisation ‡ However there is less security.

Salaries Vs Wages ‡ Full time salaried workers tend to have more ³rights´ and job security than part time temporary workers .

Employee participation and Industrial democracy ‡ Employee participation ± workers being involved in business decision making ‡ Industrial democracy ± the methods which workers can influence business decisions .

pay. working conditions. training ‡ Usually members are elected ‡ Often used where there are no trade unions .Works councils ‡ These are forums where workers and management meet to discuss issues concerning work e.g.

Employee shareholders ‡ Where workers can gain shares in the company ‡ There are tax benefits ‡ Idea is by owning shares performance and motivation of the workforce increase .

Autonomous work groups ‡ This is where teams of workers have a high degree of control ‡ Authority has been delegated from senior management ‡ Basis of groups is that motivation and productivity should be increased .

Team working ‡ Teams are responsible for a specific part of the production process ‡ This can help increase motivation ‡ Team working is compatible with democratic leadership .

Quality Circles ‡ This is when groups of workers meet to talk about ways to improve quality of products ‡ Usually a group of 3-10 workers who meet for 1-2 hours 2-3 times a month ‡ These often provide imaginative solutions to business problems .

Craft unions : represent skilled workers from one occupation General unions representing mainly unskilled workers from many occupations e. .E.E.g. NUT (teachers' union).g. 3. Industrial unions representing mainly workers in one industry.g. TGWU (Transport and General Workers' Union). 2.The Role of Trade Unions 1. NUM (miners' union) Professional or white-collar unions representing skilled workers in mainly service industries. 4.

The Aims of Trade Unions ‡ Improve the pay of workers. ‡ Protect members' jobs. ‡ Provide local. ‡ Improve working conditions and secure longer holidays. social and welfare facilities. ‡ Influence government policy .

.The Trades Union Congress ‡ Made up of over 90 unions representing more than 9 million members ‡ An annual conference decides overall union policy and elects the General Council ‡ The General Secretary of the TUC is the trades union spokesman in any negotiations with the government or employers' organisations.

union insists all workers are T.Disputes & Restrictive Practices ‡ Disputes can arise over pay. ‡ Demarcation when a union insists that only their members do certain jobs .U members. redundancies etc ‡ Restrictive Practices may then follow such as: ‡ A closed shop . working conditions.

Industrial Action ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ ‡ If negotiations break down Unions can: Work to rule :do the bare minimum Impose an overtime ban Strike and refuse to work altogether Picketing: ask other members not to enter ¶Blacking·: Refusing to deal with certain employees or suppliers because they have refused to participate in I.A ‡ Employers can operate a lockout and refuse workers entry or they can dismiss striking workers for breach of contract .

ACAS ‡ Arbitration is when employers agree to an independent referee to try to find common ground ‡ Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has been available to help solve disputes ‡ In the 1980s and 1990s there have been an increasing number of single-union agreements where employers negotiate with only one union .

Employment Law ± Individual labour law ‡ Looks at the rights and responsibilities of individuals: ± Equal Pay Act 1970 ± both sexes treated equally re: pay ± Sex Discrimination Act. 1998 ± this sets a limit on the number of hours worked per week . 1974 ± cant discriminate on grounds of sex or marital status ± Race Relations Act. 1976 . 1994 ± cant discriminate due to disability ± Working Time Regulations.cant discriminate in relation to colour. nationality or ethnic origin ± Disability Discrimination Act. race.

Collective labour law ‡ Looks at the operation of trade unions. 1998 ± Employment Relations Act. 1990 ± Trade Union Reform and Employment Rights Act. 2000 . industrial relations and collective bargaining: ± Employment Act 1980 ± employees aren't obliged to negotiate with unions ± Trade Union Act 1984 ± Employment Act 1982. 1993 ± Minimum Wage Act. 1988.

Impact of Employment Legislation On Businesses ‡ There are positive and negative impacts ‡ Can act as a motivator to the workforce ‡ Reduction in power of trade unions has increased workforce flexibility ‡ Foreign investment has increased as legislation is employment friendly ‡ Increases costs ‡ Businesses need to employ non productive workers to manage the policies ‡ These effects can be more detrimental on smaller firms .

Summary ‡ Employee / Employer relations looks at the relationship between workers and the business ‡ Collective bargaining refers to the negotiation between employees and workforce representatives ‡ Individual bargaining where a single worker negotiates their working conditions and pay with management ‡ Employee participation and industrial democracy ± these aim to increase employee involvement in business decisions and can include quality circles ‡ Trade unions act to protect and improve the economic and working conditions for their members ‡ Acas looks at resolving disputes ‡ Employment laws regulate what a business is doing .