Voice, representation and trade unions

Voice, representation & trade unions

Within FairWRC, there is a well-developed area of research across work and employment studies which focuses on voice, representation and collective representation (trade unions). Research on employee involvement, team-working and trade union representation is well-known internationally. This theme also encompasses wider research on forms of representation, partnership working, regulation and international systems of representation such as European Works Councils and transnational agreements. The work in this area looks at unions and their renewal strategies as well.

We have a number of ongoing projects in this area which includes: bargaining and social dialogue in Europe in a context of crisis; workers on the Board in the EU; modernisation and change within unions; the transformation of voice and representation in a historical context.

Related Publications:

Cornelius, N. and Martinez Lucio, M. (2012) ‘Representation, Labour Markets and Immigrant and Minority Ethnic Workers’ Urban Studies, vol. 49, no. 3, pp.587-594 

Deakin, S. and Koukiadaki. A. (2012) ‘Capability Theory, Employee Voice and Corporate Restructuring: Evidence from UK Case Studies’ Comparative Labor Law & Policy Journal, vol. 33, no. 3, pp.427-458

Dewhurst, E. (2012) ‘The Denial of Labour Rights to Irregular Immigrants under Irish Labour Law’ European Journal of Labour Law, vol. 3, no. 4, pp.300-304

Marino, S. (2012) ‘Trade union inclusion of migrant and ethnic minority workers: Comparing Italy and the Netherlands’ European Journal of Industrial Relations vol. 18, no. 1, pp.5-20

Martinez Lucio, M. (2012) ‘Union Politics, Purpose and Democracy: To be or not to be? Optimism, pessimism and the continuing importance of Richard Hyman's early contributions’ Capital and Class, vol. 36, no. 1, pp.35-53. 

Martinez Lucio, M., Marino, S. and Connolly, R. (2013) ‘Broadening and reimagining regulation: Trade unions, 'active servicing' and immigration in Spain since the early 1990s’ The Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 55, no. 2, pp.190-211

McBride, A. and Waddington, J. (2008) ‘Union Mergers and Gender Democracy’, Bulletin of Comparative Labour Relations vol. 67, pp.133-154

Mustchin, S. (forthcoming) ‘Union modernisation, coalitions and vulnerable work in the construction sector in Britain’, Industrial Relations Journal

Mustchin. S. (2012) ‘Unions, learning, migrant workers and union revitalization in Britain’, Work, Employment and Society vol. 26, no. 6, pp.951-967

Waddington, J. (2013) ‘The Views of Members towards Workplace Union Organization in Banking between 1999 and 2008’, British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 51, no. 2, pp.333-354 

Waddington, J. and Kerr, A. (2009) ‘Transforming a Trade Union? An Assessment of the Introduction of an Organizing Initiative’, British Journal of Industrial Relations vol. 47, no. 1, pp.27-54