Better than Nothing? Is Non-union Partnership a Contradiction in Terms?

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Title Better than Nothing? Is Non-union Partnership a Contradiction in Terms?
Author Johnstone, Stewart; Ackers, Peter; Wilkinson, Adrian John
Journal Name Journal of Industrial Relations
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United States
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Though the notion of union-management partnership commands an extensive body of literature, little is known about non-union partnership arrangements. This article addresses the relatively unexplored issue of non-union partnership through a detailed case study of WebBank, a British Internet bank. Three main themes are explored. First, we seek to understand more about the meaning of — and rationale for — partnership in non-union settings. Second, we explore the operation of non-union partnership in practice. Finally, we evaluate the effectiveness of non-union partnership from the perspectives of various organizational actors. The article suggests that in judging the effectiveness of a partnership arrangement, or indeed any voice regime more generally, there is a need to re-consider the benchmarks for success, and to place them in the context of contemporary employment relations. The evidence suggests that it would be deeply unhelpful and inaccurate to dismiss a non-union partnership a priori as a 'contradiction in terms'.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 Industrial Relations Society of Australia. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 52
Issue Number 2
Page from 151
Page to 168
ISSN 0022-1856
Date Accessioned 2010-12-10
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Business and Management
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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