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Employee Relations

ISSN: 0142-5455

Online from: 1979

Subject Area: Human Resource Management

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Trade unions and bargaining for skills


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Title:Trade unions and bargaining for skills
Author(s):Tony Dundon, (Manchester School of Management, UMIST, Manchester, UK), Dave Eva, (Merseyside Trade Union Education Unit, Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead, UK)
Citation:Tony Dundon, Dave Eva, (1998) "Trade unions and bargaining for skills", Employee Relations, Vol. 20 Iss: 1, pp.57 - 72
Keywords:Bargaining, Industrial relations, Vocational training, Work
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/01425459810369832 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:MCB UP Ltd
Abstract:Seeks to locate the role of trade unions in bargaining for vocational education and training (VET) within the context of workplace industrial relations. Drawing on the experiences and findings of a TUC project aimed at improving union awareness of training initiatives, argues that any clear distinction between distributive and integrative bargaining ignores the complexity, dynamics and variation found at different workplaces. Further suggests that both policy-makers and government agencies have misplaced the vital role which trade unions offer in formulating both a coherent labour relations and ultimately a training strategy which can utilise employee skill formation. Also suggests that a review of the voluntary employer-led system is long overdue.



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