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Managing Human Resources, 3rd Edition by Chloe Mailer, Alan Cowling

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7 Employee relations

            Phil James

7.1 Introduction

This chapter aims to provide readers with an introduction to the systems and management of employee relations in the UK and some of the key developments taking place concerning them.

Major changes have occurred in the last decade which have impacted on employee relations. Higher levels of unemployment and structural changes in the economy have affected employment patterns, management strategies, and trade union organisation, membership and bargaining power. Thus strike activity has declined significantly, while new legislation has increased the legal liabilities of unions and their members. Alongside these developments innovative collective agreements have been concluded incorporating ...

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