The Development of Alternative Voice Mechanisms in Australia: The Case of Joint Consultation

Holland, Peter and Pyman, Amanda and Cooper, Brian, K and Teicher, Julian (2009) The Development of Alternative Voice Mechanisms in Australia: The Case of Joint Consultation. Economic and Industrial Democracy, 30 (1). pp. 67-92. ISSN 0143-831X . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

The Australian industrial relations landscape has changed significantly. An increasingly hostile political environment and the emergence of human resource management (HRM) have seen the role of union voice decline significantly. Drawing on responses from the 2004 Australian Worker Representation and Participation Survey (AWRPS), this article examines the incidence and predictors of joint consultation, and employees' perceptions of the effectiveness of joint consultation. The study finds that joint consultation is a popular feature of the workplace. Joint consultation was highest in unionized workplaces, and the presence of a union and favourable management attitudes to unions are statistically significant predictors of joint consultative committees (JCC). Employees also report JCCs to be highly effective. The article concludes that joint consultation, as an alternative mechanism in Australian workplaces, is viewed as an effective form of voice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: employee consultation; employee involvement and participation; employee voice; labour-management cooperation; non-union employee representation
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Business School > Industrial Relations/HRM
Depositing User: Rebecca Stevenson
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2009 11:25
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2009 11:25
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/23471 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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