ERIC Number: ED389242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
The Effects of Employment Legislation on Collective Bargaining. Mendip Papers MP-038.
Employment legislation in the United Kingdom from before 1970 to the 1990s has changed and with it collective bargaining in higher education. Industrial relations before 1970 were treated as a voluntary activity virtually unregulated by law. Then the Remuneration of Teachers Act 1965 set up the Burnham Committees, which until 1987 were the forum for salary negotiations and associated matters. In the 1960s and 1970s the normal pattern of collective bargaining was that unions made demands and management resisted, trying to minimize the concession they needed to make. The Donovan Commission and the resulting Donovan Report (1968) led to a great deal of legislation between 1970 and 1978 aimed at encouraging better regulated collective bargaining at workplace level. Legislation from 1979 onwards was aimed at regulating the power of the trade unions and bringing about a shift in the balance of power between unions and employers. As a consequence employers are now likelier to take a tough line in their handling of disputes and resulting defeat for the unions. Whatever policies higher education adopts for labor relations, college industrial relations should be a priority concern for managers and governors in the run-up to incorporation. Relevant Acts of Parliament are listed. (JB)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Employment, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Labor Legislation, Labor Relations, Political Influences, Political Issues, Political Power, Unions
The Staff College, Coombe Lodge, Blagdon, Bristol BS18 6RG United Kingdom (3 British pounds).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Staff Coll., Bristol (England).
Identifiers: United Kingdom