Changing the rules of the game: The impact of privatization on firm industrial relations

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Authors: McCarthy, D., Reeves, E. and Turner, T.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/20406/

Journal: Public Management Review

Volume: 13

Issue: 6

Pages: 845-860

ISSN: 1471-9037

DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2010.539114

This paper examines the impact of privatization on the relative bargaining strength of management and trade unions. Findings are based on a study of Ireland’s largest telecoms provider, Eircom, which has been privatized since 1999. The privatization of Eircom adopted a stakeholder approach, under which employee share-ownership and management-union partnership played an important role in firm restructuring. Findings show that despite this approach privatization has resulted in a significant decrease in the perceived bargaining strength of unions and an increase in the perceived bargaining strength of management.

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Authors: McCarthy, D.C., Reeves, E. and Turner, T.

http://eprints.bournemouth.ac.uk/20406/

Journal: Public Management Review

Volume: 13

Issue: 6

Pages: 845-860

eISSN: 1471-9045

ISSN: 1471-9037

DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2010.539114

This article examines the impact of privatization on the relative bargaining strength of management and trade unions. Findings are based on a study of Ireland's largest telecoms provider, Eircom, which has been privatized since 1999. The privatization of Eircom adopted a stakeholder approach, under which employee share-ownership and management-union partnership played an important role in firm restructuring. Findings show that despite this approach privatization has resulted in a significant decrease in the perceived bargaining strength of unions and an increase in the perceived bargaining strength of management. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.

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