Civil society organizations and employee voice

Edmund Heery, Brian Abbott, Steve Williams

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    In this chapter we examine the form of employee voice developed by civil society organizations, institutions that have become the focus of considerable research attention by employment relations scholars in recent years, particularly in the USA and UK. By civil society organizations (CSOs) we mean non-union and non-profit seeking organizations that are formally independent of the state and which develop campaigns, services, programmes or other initiatives designed to advance the interests of working people. Generally, organizations of this type are not concerned solely with the workaday selves of the people they represent and are quite diverse in their structure and patterns of activity. Most of those that provide voice to workers, however, fall into one of three overlapping categories: advocacy organizations that provide information, advisory and representation services, identity-based organizations that promote the interests of working women and minorities and issue-based organizations that run campaigns relating to the workplace.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of research on employee voice
    EditorsAdrian Wilkinson, Jimmy Donaghy, Tony Dundon, Richard Freeman
    Place of PublicationCheltenham
    PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
    ISBN (Print)9780857939265
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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