Towards more disorganised decentralisation? Collective bargaining in the public sector under pay restraint

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Abstract

While sector‐level collective bargaining can provide the institutional leverage to sustain and improve employment standards, a proliferation of disorganised local settlements may reduce its effectiveness. This article examines this proposition for local government in the UK, highlights the risks of a ‘destructive’ disorganisation of employment relations and calls for a renewal of articulation mechanisms between sector and local levels of collective bargaining.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-41
Number of pages20
JournalIndustrial Relations Journal
Volume48
Issue number1
Early online date22 Mar 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Mar 2017

Keywords

  • public sector pay
  • collective bargaining

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