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Title: Industrial relations in the West German and British chemical industries
Author: Ebsworth, David Raymond
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 1980
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Labour relations in the West German and British chemical industries are investigated by means of a comparative empirical research design incorporating surveys of primary and secondary sources, unstructured focused interviews and a questionnaire survey. It was hypothesised that the technology, industrial organisation and economic development of the chemical industry significantly influence the practice of labour relations in the industry. However, other factors including political and legislative developments and management policies were also found to have a considerable influence on chemical industrial relations. Hence, no simple statement of the main factors which affect labour relations in chemicals is possible although the initial hypothesis was confirmed. The study concentrates upon an investigation of labour relations in the West German chemical industry. Particular emphasis is given to analysis of collective bargaining and workplace industrial relations, the latter based primarily on case study information. In addition, the development and current role of management, trade unions and employers' associations active in chemicals is investigated. Furthermore, the structure of the chemical industry and the importance of co-determination in this industry is reviewed. In Part Two, this analysis forms the basis for the comparison of labour relations in the West German and British chemical industries. The following conclusions emerge from this comparison; 1. Chemical labour relations are characterised in both countries by effective joint regulatory disputes procedures which contribute to the low incidence of official and unofficial stoppages. 2. Union organisation is generally weak, particularly at the workplace, unless management policies and state intervention provide support for the unions. 3. The state has played a crucial role in the development of chemical labour relations in both countries. 4. Management policies have until recently displayed remarkable similarities. In conclusion, general hypotheses on chemical labour relations are developed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Management & business studies