Magazine article Management Services

A Partnership Worth the Work

Magazine article Management Services

A Partnership Worth the Work

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Unions and management in perfect partnership, facing commercial pressures and employees' desires together. ...Really?

In a new report published by the independent Institute for Employment Studies, author Peter Reilly says: "Partnership is a sophisticated form of employee relations that requires mature management and employee representation, but it is more likely to bring economic and organisational success than its alternatives."

The report, Partnership under pressure: How does it survive? reviews with a case study approach, how well partnership is progressing, and how robust it is in changing times. Welcoming the report, TUC General Secretary John Monks commented: "Partnership represents an excellent approach to modern industrial relations. Based on mutual trust, it is a far cry from the adversarial formula of the past.

This report is a timely review for those seeking to understand the issues better, and addresses the potential problems that must be faced if management and employees are to achieve productive employee relations in their own organisations."

The partnership approach is a significant development as John Cridland Deputy Director General of the CBI commented: "Organisations that seek a problem-solving approach to management-union relations, such as offered by partnership arrangement, protect their investments better. Good relations underpin good business; this report can help both sides understand what partnership requires of them, the difficult issues that need to be confronted and what benefits it can bring."

The new report demonstrates the benefits and identifies what is necessary to maintain successful partnership. …

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