Some problems in realising 'Partnership' in industrial relations: some legal obstacles

Barry Hough, A. Spowart-Taylor

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The UK Government’s policy on economic and social renewal, the ultimate goal of which is to improve living standards for all, emphasises the importance of adopting a partnership model of industrial relations. Government perceives this model of employment relations as essential to achieving continued competitiveness in a globalised economy, especially where productivity, however measured, does not match that of other major industrialised countries. Narrowing the gap in competitiveness is thought to require businesses and individuals to acquire new skills and knowledge essential to provide higher value-added goods and services. Although there are divergent conceptions of precisely what partnership might entail, at its broadest level it would seem to require a cultural change that encourages greater mutuality and respect for employees. This is offered in exchange for enhanced motivation, 'flexibility' and innovation on the part of employees. Partnership might thus address the manner in which employees are treated, their opportunity to contribute to the workplace, and their commitment to the success of the enterprise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-172
Number of pages24
JournalKing's Law Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2002


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