The challenges for fair voice

The challenges for fair voice
The challenges for fair voice

Principal speaker

Professor Tony Dundon

Abstract: The notion of "fair voice' is difficult to define because it does not relate to any one specific form of participation or involvement but can be seen through a variety of mechanisms (formal; informal; individual; collective). The presentation will review the notion of fair voice via a discussion of three key challenges. First, it challenges simplistic definitions which treat fair voice as uni-dimensional by considering the concept beyond the organisation (e.g. mandated forms such as European Works Councils (EWCs) but also voluntary schemes as well as informal social dialogue, all involving multiple actors: the state, employer bodies, trade unions, professional associations). Second, it challenges the notion that employers have complete freedom to decide how to deliver fair voice (e.g. there are overlapping "hard', "soft' and "reflexive' laws and regulations shaping voice policy, as well as "intermediary agency forces' influencing voice practices). Third, it explores challenges to fair voice at the organisational level with informal voice across different labour market segments (e.g. agency, multi-employer networks etc). The presentation of these ideas is not directly related to any specific or single project, but draws on several research projects involving collaborative research with other colleagues related to voice across several years, from different country settings in what may be termed liberal-type economies., including some from Australia.

Speaker: Tony Dundon is Professor of Human Resource Management & Employment Relations at Manchester Business School, The University of Manchester. Previously Tony was Professor and Head of Management at the School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland Galway. He is an honorary visiting professor at the School of Management University of St Andrews, and has held visiting positions at Sydney University; Deakin University, Melbourne; and Toulouse Business School. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (AcSS) and currently co-Editor-in-Chief of the Human Resource Management Journal (HRMJ); consulting editor for the International Journal of Management Reviews (IJMR); and a member of the international board for Work Employment and Society (WE&S). He was the Chief Examiner: Employee Relations for the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), 2007 to 2013.

Tony's research interests are in employee voice and employment regulation, union organisation, social partnership, HRM and performance, and systems of non-union employment relations. Recent articles are in Work Employment & Society; Human Relations; International Journal of HRM; British Journal of Management; Human Resource Management Journal; Economic & Industrial Democracy; Personnel Review. Recently edited books include: Handbook of Research on Employee Voice (Edward Elgar, 2014); Global Anti Unionism (Palgrave, 2013); Cases in Global Management: Strategy, Innovation and People Management (Tilde University Press, 2012); Understanding Employment Relations, (McGraw Hill, 2e, 2011).


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