What Are the Implications of the Decline in Union Forms of Representation for Effective Employee Voice Within Workplace?

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Employee Relations

What are the implications of the decline in union forms of representation for effective employee voice within workplace?

Introduction: Union has been a very important part in employee relations. This was actually the voice of employees towards the management/ employers at workplace. Basically union is “an association, combination, or organization of employees who band together to secure favourable wages, improved working conditions, and better work hours and to resolve grievances against employers” (Bagchi, 2003). Unions always try to protect workers right and maintain a balanced relationship between workers and management. Unions’ existence can be traced from the 18th century, when the rapid growth of
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In recent times the statistics shows that there has been a huge decline in union forms which results in changes in representation at the workplace. And the non-union forms of representations getting more popularity. Though the non-union forms of representation also requires the help and support from unions. The representation of employee voice works better when both nonunion forms and unions works together. Employment Relationship: During 1920s the term Industrial relations (IR) came to lime light in Britain and North American. The development of the industrial relation has made it join with personnel management (PM); and eventually with Human Resource Management (HRM). All these sectors have put people as their common interest and all of them are there for the betterment of people at work place. IR, PM & HRM treats people as an asset. The term Employment Relationship came out of this as a newer version or term of Industrial relations. Industry often indicates manufacturing though it also covers service sector. But the general idea about industry is huge manufacturing plants or organizations. To avoid any confusion some writers prefer to use the term ‘Employment Relationship’ or ‘Employee Relations’ (ER) rather than Industrial Relations (Edwards, 2003). The relationship between an employer and an employee is explained by employment relationship. The factors and dimensions of the relationship is described, defined and explained by the employment relationship.

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