Annual Review Article 1996

Annual Review Article 1996 1. Introduction For the industrial relations community, 1996 was marked by proposals to reform the Industrial Tribunal system in its thirtieth year, by the Summer of Discontent II, and by a sudden vogue for the elusive term ‘stakeholding’ after it was used in a speech by the Labour leader, Tony Blair. It was also a pre-election year, and as such raised the prospect of a change of government and of public policy towards industrial relations. This review takes its cue from this possibility and is concerned to set out the main policy themes and options that have been developed and refined in recent months. It falls into three main parts. The first two sections are concerned largely with continuity in developments; they consider the policy of the Conservative government and its unsated appetite for deregulation, and the growing expression of concern about the social costs of that policy which has been manifest in something of a moral panic over job insecurity. The middle two sections then examine the continuing decline of trade unions, the increasingly urgent attempts by unions to find a solution to their decline and the, albeit limited, revival of industrial action in the summer and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png British Journal of Industrial Relations Wiley

Annual Review Article 1996

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Publisher
Wiley
Copyright
Blackwell Publishers Ltd/London School of Economics 1997
ISSN
0007-1080
eISSN
1467-8543
DOI
10.1111/1467-8543.00042
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Abstract

1. Introduction For the industrial relations community, 1996 was marked by proposals to reform the Industrial Tribunal system in its thirtieth year, by the Summer of Discontent II, and by a sudden vogue for the elusive term ‘stakeholding’ after it was used in a speech by the Labour leader, Tony Blair. It was also a pre-election year, and as such raised the prospect of a change of government and of public policy towards industrial relations. This review takes its cue from this possibility and is concerned to set out the main policy themes and options that have been developed and refined in recent months. It falls into three main parts. The first two sections are concerned largely with continuity in developments; they consider the policy of the Conservative government and its unsated appetite for deregulation, and the growing expression of concern about the social costs of that policy which has been manifest in something of a moral panic over job insecurity. The middle two sections then examine the continuing decline of trade unions, the increasingly urgent attempts by unions to find a solution to their decline and the, albeit limited, revival of industrial action in the summer and

Journal

British Journal of Industrial RelationsWiley

Published: Mar 1, 1997

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