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British Rails Internal Labour Market

British Rails Internal Labour Market This article is principally a case study establishingthe existence of an internal labour market inBritish Rail, and its significance for the longtermwage structure. Drawing on the work of Doeringerand Piore it outlines the advantages that internallabour markets would be expected to offer bothemployers and employees, and the implicationswhich these have for the process of wagedetermination. It briefly reviews previous casestudies supporting the importance of the role ofcomparisons, both internal and external, in wagebargaining and then turns to the study of BritishRail. Finding the characteristics expected of aninternal labour market, it then establishes that thewage structure of the industry has demonstrateda considerable degree of stability over the period195085, despite considerable changes in relativeproductivities. This degree of consistency isregarded as being difficult to reconcile with thedominance of market forces in wage determination. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Manpower Emerald Publishing

British Rails Internal Labour Market

International Journal of Manpower , Volume 12 (3): 11 – Mar 1, 1991

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
0143-7720
DOI
10.1108/01437729110143665
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Abstract

This article is principally a case study establishingthe existence of an internal labour market inBritish Rail, and its significance for the longtermwage structure. Drawing on the work of Doeringerand Piore it outlines the advantages that internallabour markets would be expected to offer bothemployers and employees, and the implicationswhich these have for the process of wagedetermination. It briefly reviews previous casestudies supporting the importance of the role ofcomparisons, both internal and external, in wagebargaining and then turns to the study of BritishRail. Finding the characteristics expected of aninternal labour market, it then establishes that thewage structure of the industry has demonstrateda considerable degree of stability over the period195085, despite considerable changes in relativeproductivities. This degree of consistency isregarded as being difficult to reconcile with thedominance of market forces in wage determination.

Journal

International Journal of ManpowerEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 1, 1991

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