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Title: Industrial relations and workers' participation issues : a case study of the Greek telecommunications sector
Author: Afouxenidis, Alexander
ISNI:       0000 0001 3398 9431
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1990
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Questions and problems related to the articulation of industrial re 1 at ions structures in modern soc i ety have been rna tters for long debate over a number of years. However, the establishment of industrial relations formations is a product of a variety of complex societal processes located inside and outside the irTlllediate industrial environment. This thesis examines the links that exist between wider societal processes and systems of industrial relations and workers I participation with reference to the Greek Telecommunications Sector. In the first instance (Chapter 1), issues of economy and society tha t have an effect upon indus tri a 1 re 1 at ions are exami ned wi th reference to the processes of gl oba 1 economi c deve 1 opment, ca pi ta 1 accumulation, dependency and the more recent phenomena of 'flexible specialization ' and 'post-Fordism'. These are related to the presentation of industrial relations structures (Chapter 2) which are examined using comparative evidence to illustrate their various differences and similarities. It is argued that industrial relations and workers I participation structures have to be examined in the 1ight of national and international patterns of political, social and economic development. Also, a critical evaluation of contemporary approaches to industrial relations is presented. Chapter 3 is concerned with identifying and evaluating the main issues related to Greek economic and social development. That is examined in relation to the position of the country in the international division of labour and also to the national characteristics that articulate the specific nature of labour relations. Chapter 4 presents the case of the Telecommunication Sector using empirical material drawn from various sources, from observation and from employee responses to a questionnai reo The framework of industrial participation is discussed both in relation to the internal circumstances of the industry and also to the more general environment in which it is located. Finally, Chapter 5 re-evaluates the categories of 'industrial participation' and 'employment' in the specific context of Greek societal development and considers the validity of some of the concepts used in contemporary discussions of labour organization.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Labour studies