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    • The State and Employment Relations From Voluntarism to New Labour
    • Issues: The Role of the State
      • In any aspect of public life, who decides what role the state should play?
      • Do some groups in civil society have more influence than others, and if so why?
      • How do the roles of the state vary between countries? What role does national culture and tradition play?
      • Is the state’s influence withering away?
      • Can the state be resisted?
    • What is the state?
      • ‘ A set of institutions, comprising the legislature, the executive, central administration, the judiciary, the police and local government … (it) is the institutional system of political domination with a monopoly over the legitimate use of violence and over taxation and money supply’
      • (Hill 1981: 239)
      • Note also growing importance of pan-national state initiatives – EU (Employment Strategy)
    • What is the State?
      • The State has ‘the monopoly of physical violence’ in society (Castells 2000)
      • As well as underpinning relationships of power through this and through legislation it embodies ‘symbolic violence’ through ideology conditioning human values and shaping perceptions and notions of legitimacy (Gramsci and hegemonic power)
      • View of the state as a ‘machine of repression’ (Althusser 1971)
    • The State and the Employment Relationship
      • The state influences the relationship between employer and employee directly and indirectly:
      • Directly – through legislation, dispute resolution and for some, as employer
      • Indirectly – providing important context
      • ‘ Rules of engagement’ in employee relations – boundaries of acceptability and legitimacy
      • Shaping climate and priorities in employee relations
      • ‘ Best practice’ in employee relations ‘setting an example’
    • The State
      • Specific interests and objectives of the State in employee relations more complex – at various times
      • Maintenance of order and stability
      • Protection of employees at work in the absence of alternatives
      • Maintenance of parity of bargaining power between the main parties
      • Control of earnings and inflation – incomes policies
      • Economic growth - Productivity and earnings
      • Skills acquisition and low unemployment
    • The State: Objectives in Employee Relations
      • Achieved through multiple roles
      • As legislator
      • As peacekeeper
      • As economic manager
      • As employer
      • Ideological role (hegemonic power)
      • Importance of each of these roles has varied over time
    • The State Legislator Peacekeeper Economic Manager Ideology Employer Civil Society Civil Society
    • Contrasting Roles of the State
      • Statism – State control over major elements of employee relations – China, Eastern Europe (in past), Singapore(?)
      • Corporatist/Neo-Corporatist/Bargained Corporatist (tripartite arrangements – shared decision-making) Scandinavia, Netherlands, Austria, Ireland, Denmark
      • Liberal Collectivism – State support for free CB and for trade unions (Voluntarism in C20th Britain)
      • Market Individualism – free market model (Thatcher 1980s) support for managerial prerogative, constraints on market imperfections (e.g trade unions)
    • Ideology Areas of Concern and Activity The State Market Regulation Social Justice Industrial Conflict Laissez- Faire Corporatism Market Individualism Bargained Corporatism State Corporatism Liberal Collectivism Statism Trade Union Power
    • The State and Employee Relations in Britain: Historical Background
      • Traditional view – limited state role in employee relations for much of C20th - voluntarist period of ‘collective laissez faire’ (Ewing 1998)
      • State encouraged voluntary collective bargaining
      • By 1939, voluntary collective bargaining at industry level established in many sectors
      • Post war social settlements in Britain and Europe
      • By 1960s state concerns with low productivity, inflation and the role of unions in ‘restrictive practices’ – Royal Commission (Donovan) 1968
    • The State: Historical Background
      • Donovan argued for voluntary reforms in collective bargaining
      • State response more interventionist – In Place of Strife (1969), Industrial Relations Act 1971 – attempts at restrictive labour law but failed
      • Mid 1970s - return to support for CB – ACAS and auxiliary legislation 1974-79 and ‘Social Contract’.
      • 1970s Present day. Growth of individual employment rights – areas of discrimination law, maternity, equal pay.
      • Breakdown in 1978/79 – ‘Winter of Discontent’
    • The State: Historical Background
      • Recent revisionist work by Howells (2005) argues
      • State has played the major role in shaping development of employment relations in Britain in last 150 years
      • Highly interventionist in three key stages
      • 1890 – 1940 and establishment of industry-wide CB ‘voluntarism’ highly interventionist (Ewing 1998)
      • 1940 – 1979 shift to decentralised system of employment relations
      • 1979 de-regulation of employment relations; neo-liberal offensive
    • The State and De-regulation: Thatcherism and Beyond
      • Thatcherism - break with post-war consensus and ‘social settlement’ – major ideological shift
      • See now in France, Germany and much of EU
      • Free market ideology and ‘New Right’ policies but ‘strong state’ in employee relations – restrictive law until 1997.
      • Unions and collective bargaining ‘market imperfections’ - influence curbed.
      • Period 1979-97 an attack on the bases of trade union power – and emphasis on managerial prerogative.
    • The State and De-regulation: Thatcherism and Beyond
      • Legal regulation dominant post-1979 supplants CB
      • Six major pieces of legislation 1980-1989 curbed trade union power and influence.
      • Different notion of ‘model employer’ in public sector – GCHQ, changes to ACAS remit
    • New Labour and Employee Relations
      • Concerns with ‘ fairness ’ but also competitiveness as a route to culture change in employment relations
      • ‘ Fairness ’ reflected in:
      • NMW, statutory recognition procedure, reduction in qualifying period for many employment rights and ‘social chapter’
      • ‘ Floor of rights’ from EU and from NMW
      • Emphasis on social partnership – win/win employee rels
      • Competitiveness in:
      • Britain still the most lightly regulated labour market in EU (Blair 1997 in preface to Fairness at Work White Paper)
      • Retention of most of Conservative governments’ trade union laws and resistance to some EU law
    • New Labour and Employment Relations
      • Some specifics
      • largely supply-side initiatives to improve workings of the labour market
      • Family-friendly initiatives
      • Training and the labour market – IT learning centres, learning accounts
      • Assistance to job seekers and long-term unemployed
      • Anti-discrimination legislation (from EU)
      • Changes to unfair dismissal legislation
      • Statutory union recognition procedures
    • New Labour and Employment Relations
      • Individual labour law extended to areas previously untouched by statute law – wage levels, hours of work, holidays
      • Efficiency wage thesis – higher labour costs force employers to use labour more efficiently
      • Business friendly – has made changes but emphasis on flexibility and anti – EU initiatives that impose undue burdens on business (I&C)
      • Blair sees the New Labour project as nothing less than a culture change in employment relations – is he right?
      • New employment relations for a modern (knowledge) economy
    • New Labour and Employment Relations
      • Recent assessment (Dickens and Hall 2006) suggests pursuit of ‘Fairness’ but only up to a point – contingent on business concerns
      • Others, less generous (Smith and Morton 2006) many of the claimed benefits are rarely attained in practice
      • Anna Pollert (2005, 2007), highlights continuing problems faced by unorganised workers
      • Many unaware of their rights but even when they are, unable to defend them through lack of effective representation.
    • The State and Employee Relations: Some Reflections
      • Role and influence of the state in employment relations considerable
      • Sets the ‘rules of engagement’, establishes ‘climate and context’ and sets an example.
      • Influence on the issues and conduct of employment relations greater than is commonly assumed.
      • Often does this by appearing to do very little – collective laissez-faire – can be a distant observer at the ‘ringside’ but intervenes when necessary.
      • At times a more interventionist stance – Industrial Relations Act, Miners Strike, Firefighters dispute.
    • The State and Employee Relations: Some Reflections
      • Globalisation threat to power of nation state but
      • Continuing evidence that national institutions matter (Boyer 1999)
      • National systems of regulation continue to exert influence even in EU (Rubery et al. 2008)
      • Legal regulation in nation state continues to be dominated by the laws of that state
      • Many employee relations institutions remain firmly located within the nation state
    • The State: Further Reading
      • Dickens, L., Hall, M. (2006) ‘ Fairness – up to a point. Assessing the impact of New Labour’s employment legislation’, Human Resource Management Journal , Vol. 16 (4)
      • Ewing, K. (1998), ‘The State and Industrial Relations: Collective Laissez Faire Revisited’, Historical Studies in Industrial Relations Vol. 5
      • Howell, C. (2005) Trade Unions and the State , Oxford, Princeton University Press
      • Pollert, A. (2007), ‘Britain and Individual Employment Rights: Paper Tigers, Fierce in Appearance but Missing in Tooth and Claw’, Economic and Industrial Democracy Vol. 28(1)
      • Rubery and Others (2008) ‘Surviving the EU? The future for national employment models in Europe’, Industrial Relations Journal Vol. 39(6)
      • Smith, P., Morton, G. (2006), ‘Nine Years of New Labour: Neoliberalism and Workers’ Rights’, British Journal of Industrial Relations , Vol. 44 (3)