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 âstakeholdingâ 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 reï¬ned in recent months. It falls into three main parts. The ï¬rst 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 ï¬nd a solution to their decline and the, albeit limited, revival of industrial action in the summer and
British Journal of Industrial Relations – Wiley
Published: Mar 1, 1997
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