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Public service employment restructuring in the crisis in the UK and Ireland: Social partnership in retreat

Public service employment restructuring in the crisis in the UK and Ireland: Social partnership in retreat

Bach, Stephen and Stroleny, Alexandra (2013) Public service employment restructuring in the crisis in the UK and Ireland: Social partnership in retreat. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 19 (4). pp. 341-357. ISSN 0959-6801 (Print), 1461-7129 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1177/0959680113505036)

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Abstract

The crisis has had major consequences for public service employment relations in the liberal market economies of the UK and Ireland. However, variations in the process of fiscal consolidation reflect different legacies of social partnership, prior patterns of public management reform and different relationships to the eurozone. The measures adopted nevertheless reflect a similar concern to decrease public sector employment, worsen pay and conditions and increase work effort. Despite the deterioration of terms and conditions of employment, industrial action has been muted, reflecting the severe weakness of trade unions. Both cases illustrate that governments have become less concerned to gain trade union support to push through austerity measures.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Austerity, industrial action, Ireland, social partnership, UK
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW)
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2019 15:09
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23517

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