Non-Union Employee Representation, Union Avoidance and the Managerial Agenda

TitleNon-Union Employee Representation, Union Avoidance and the Managerial Agenda
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDonaghey, Jimmy, Cullinane, Niall, Dundon, Tony, and Dobbins, Tony
JournalEconomic and Industrial Democracy
Volume33
Issue2
Pagination163 - 183
Keywordscase study, managerial intent, non-union representation, union avoidance, worker participation
Abstract

Non-union employee representation is an area which has attracted much interest in the voice literature. Much of the literature has been shaped by a dialogue which considers NERs as a means of union avoidance. More recently however scholars have suggested that for NERs to work in such contexts, they may need to be imbued with a higher set of functionalities to remain viable entities. Using a critical case study of a union recognition drive and managerial response in the form of an NER, this article contributes to a more nuanced interpretation of the literature dialogue than hitherto exists. A core component of the findings directly challenge existing interpretations within the field; namely that NERs are shaped by a paradox of managerial action. It is argued that the NER failed to satisfy for employees because of a structural remit, rather than through any paradox in managerial intent.