Conceptualising the dynamics of employee information and consultation: evidence from the Republic of Ireland
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T. Dundon, D. Curran, P. Ryan and M. Maloney, 2006, 'Conceptualising the dynamics of employee voice: evidence from the Republic of Ireland, Industrial Relations Journal, Vol 37 (5), pp.492-512
The debate concerning the emerging regulatory environment for employee voice continues apace, in particular the requirements to inform and consult employees as a result of the European Employee Information and Consultation Directive. This article examines the processes used to inform and consult employees across 15 case studies in the Republic of Ireland. It evaluates different voice arrangements using a conceptual framework that seeks to capture the dynamics of different employee voice schemes across union and non-union companies. The findings suggest that participation is more robust when the channels for information and consultation accommodate both conflictual and cooperative processes. It is shown that robust forms of participation are more likely through processes that facilitate independent representation. The evidence also shows that some employers may devise their own counterbalancing forms of (pseudo) consultation, in an attempt to minimise the impact of regulatory rights for employee voice.