|标题||Employee Representatives in Portugal. How are They Perceived and What are the Expectations by Employers?|
|作者||Passos, Ana M., and Russo, Vanessa|
|Editor||Euwema, Martin, Munduate, Lourdes, Elgoibar, Patricia, Pender, Erica, and García, Ana Belén|
|Book Title||Promoting Social Dialogue in European Organizations|
|Pagination||135 - 145|
|出版社||Springer International Publishing|
|关键词||conflict, dialogue, industrial relations, negotiation, Portugal, trade unions, trust|
In recent years, economic austerity policies in Portugal have had significant implications for the labor market and industrial relations in general. This new reality questions the traditional role of trade unions and poses important challenges not only to Unions and Employee Representatives but also to HR managers. Results from interviews and surveys among Portuguese HR managers suggest that there is still a long way to go towards a constructive social dialogue. Employee representatives and employers are still opponents at the negotiation table and the impact of employee representatives in decision-making processes—both for traditional and for innovative issues—is still very low. According to HR managers, this situation can only be improved with a significant change of ERs’ attitudes and competencies. They need to accept change, be willing to innovate, improve their knowledge and competencies, and adopt proactive behaviors that promote organizational sustainability. This is a time to strengthen relations between employee representatives and employers to find innovative and flexible solutions that meet the needs of employees and employers.