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Second Generation Workplace Partnership In The Public Sector - A Case Study

Egan, Gerard (2007) Second Generation Workplace Partnership In The Public Sector - A Case Study. Masters thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

This dissertation explores the concept of workplace partnership in the public sector in the Republic of Ireland. It reviews the historical antecedents to partnership in the form of a discussion and a review of literature on concepts such as employee involvement, participation and industrial democracy. The suggestion that partnership has been derived from separate traditions emanating in management and union schools of thought is discussed. The issue of mutual gains as a coherent resolution of the competing traditions is also examined.

The historical trajectory of partnership as a model of employment relations in Ireland is sketched and the emergence of second generation workplace partnership in the public sector is explained.

The research is by way of a case study of a particular organisation in the public sector and consisted of qualitative interviews with management and union participants as the central committee in that organisation.

The findings of the research indicate that while there may be a level of dissatisfaction among union representatives with partnership there is a general positive attitude to same and a feeling that mutual gains are an outcome of the process. However there appears to be a level of confusion as to how partnership does or should relate to the parallel collective bargaining arena and whether partnership is driving modernisation of the public sector.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government > Public Sector
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Issues of Labour and Work > Industrial Relations
Divisions: School of Business > Master of Arts in Human Resource Management
Depositing User: Tim Lawless
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2010 12:54
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2014 08:30
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/227

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