Labour relations and law at a basic level are an extremely important part of the knowledge-set of any competent shop steward, but most books written on the subject are aimed at a different market, and in language, complexity and bias are not suited for easy consumption by shop stewards. In eight chapters, Chris Hickley provides the basic knowledge that a shop steward requires to be adequately informed about key labour relations principles and issues. This book will not turn the shop steward into an overnight lawyer or immediate expert, but it will:Equip him or her with the important overview of labour relations required to fulfil his or her shop steward's duties;Provide a good understanding of the key concepts and principles of labour relations / law;Empower him or her to be a better shop steward and better representative of workers' interests;Add authority and confidence to Trade Union performance;Promote good labour relations in the workplace by providing key knowledge to key players.Additionally, the book will: Explain the disciplinary process and define the roles of all the key players;Address the issues of sexual harassment, protected disclosures, employment equity principles and dismissals in a simplified manner that is very easy for any shop steward to understand;Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of being a shop steward and offer encouragement;Build capacity and provide guidance for shop stewards to function more effectively and efficiently;Assist in training and developing both experienced and newly elected shop stewards;In short, each and every shop steward should really have a copy of this book that was specifically written for them. The book not only provides real value for money in comparison with costly training, but crucially, it gives the shop stewards a lasting resource on which they can depend and to which they can turn again and again for guidance.
Trade Union officers are said to be badly paid and over-worked while much union power is alleged to have passed to shop stewards, about whose duties and characteristics little is known. This study is based on an investigation into the records of 18 major unions, upon local surveys, and upon the answers to questionnaires distributed nationally.
First published in 1986, this book assesses the politics of the West German trade unions in the context of their larger role as major actors in the polity. By focusing on the historical realities of the labour movement both before and after 1945, the study explains the extent to which organized labour solidified and challenged the dominant structures of politics and authority. It examines the metalworkers’ union, the construction workers’ union, the printers’ union and the chemical workers’ union and shows how the industrial reality of each organisation helped shape its political outlook and strategic thinking. This book will be of particular interest to students of trade unions, industrial relations and political economy in West Germany.
Comprising the study, documentation, and comparison of plant-level workers’ participation around the world, this volume meets the challenge of offering a global perspective on workers’ participation, representation, and models of social partnership. Value chains, economic life, inter-cultural exchange and knowledge, as well as the mobility of persons and ideas increasingly cross the borders of nation-states. In the knowledge age, the active participation of workers in organizations is crucially important for sustainable and long-term growth and innovation. This handbook offers lessons from historical, global accounts of workers’ participation at plant level, even as it looks forward to predict forthcoming trends in participation.
Title first published in 2003. In recognition of the power of organised labour, the ANC Government elected in 1994 granted South Africa's unions unprecedented legal and constitutional rights. Despite these gains, the country's unions have faced a fresh set of challenges, many of them emanating from their political allies in Government. From Parliament to the factory floor, South Africa's unions are now confronted with threats as dangerous as those they confronted when organising illegally in the heyday of apartheid. The purpose of this book is to examine how South African unions have responded and how well prepared they are to meet the challenges that confront them in the new millennium.