Managing Under Pressure: Industrial Relations in Local Government - Martin LaffinMacmillan, 1989, Paperback.
Condition: Very Good.
From the cover: “Public expenditure cutbacks are having a major impact on industrial relations in the public services and local governments around the world. Governments have broken with the earlier ‘model-employer’ tradition and have become less sympathetic to public-sector unionism. Managing under Pressure is a clear and considered introduction to the new realities of public service industrial relations. It contains an up-to-date introduction to the different perspectives and debates on industrial relations and unionism in the public services and provides a new framework for understanding how management-union relations have been affected by political and managerial changes. The framework is illustrated by case-studies of two very different local authorities in Britain where the new tensions between public employers and employees have been at their most dramatic. The book focuses on policy change: How can policies of service cutbacks and privatisation be negotiated between management and unions? How can policy innovations, like decentralisation, be negotiated given the new climate of severe financial austerity?”