The Coalition Government and employment relations: accelerated neo-liberalism and the rise of employer-dominated voluntarism

Peter Scott, Steve Williams

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Abstract

The Coalition Government’s interventions in the field of UK employment relations represent a sustained attempt to shift further the balance of domestic employment law and workplace employment relations in favour of employers. The Government has deployed the alleged interests of small and medium sized employers, under conditions of recession and accelerated globalisation, to weaken some individual employment rights, including various long-standing protections. Suprisingly little internal dissension to such developments has been apparent within the Coalition. A ‘Coalition effect’ is detectable through the parallel promotion of ‘fairness’, most visible in a number of new measures to promote work-life balance. However, we argue that the overall impact on UK employment relations is a deliberate attempt to reduce employment rights and the role of law in the individual employment relationship, to weaken workers’ ability to enforce remaining rights, and to strengthen the position of employers vis-a vis employees and government in the regulation of many aspects of the employment relationship.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLe Royaume-Uni à l'heure de la coalition = The United Kingdom at the time of the coalition
EditorsGilles Leydier
Place of PublicationToulon
PublisherRevue de l’Observatoire de la Société Britannique = Observatory of British society
Pages145-164
ISBN (Print)9782954048741
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2014
EventLe Royaume-­‐Uni à l’heure de la coalition - Université de Toulon, Toulon, France
Duration: 10 Oct 201311 Oct 2013

Publication series

NameRevue de l’Observatoire de la Société Britannique = Observatory of British society
PublisherUniversity of Toulon
Number15
ISSN (Print)1957-3383
ISSN (Electronic)1775-4135

Conference

ConferenceLe Royaume-­‐Uni à l’heure de la coalition
Country/TerritoryFrance
CityToulon
Period10/10/1311/10/13

Keywords

  • employment relations
  • Coalition Government
  • employment law

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