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Triggering employee voice under the European Information and Consultation Directive: A non-union case study

Cullinane, N. and Hickland, E. and Dundon, T. and Dobbins, T. and Donaghey, J. (2015) Triggering employee voice under the European Information and Consultation Directive: A non-union case study. Economic and Industrial Democracy. DOI: 10.1177/0143831X15584085

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Abstract

The transposition of the 2002/14/EC Directive, establishing a general framework for information and consultation (I&C), has proven contentious in largely voluntarist systems of employment regulation. Receiving particular criticism is the employee �opt-in� mechanism as a means to access I&C rights. For non-union employees in particular, the ability and potential to negotiate rights for I&C is widely seen to be problematic. This article uniquely examines the opt-in mechanism in the context of non-unionism, considering how non-union employers respond to non-union employees invoking their legislative rights to I&C. Drawing upon a case study conducted over four years in a large non-union multinational, the evidence shows how the opt-in and negotiation process function to the advantage of the employer rather than the intended regulatory impact to advance employee rights.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Research Publications
Departments: College of Business, Law, Education and Social Sciences > Bangor Business School
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2015 02:23
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2015 02:20
ISSN: 0143-831X
URI: http://e.bangor.ac.uk/id/eprint/4676
Identification Number: DOI: 10.1177/0143831X15584085
Publisher: Sage Publications
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