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Unions and procedural justice: an alternative to the 'common rule'

Marsden, David (2004) Unions and procedural justice: an alternative to the 'common rule'. . Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Can unions substitute a procedural justice role for their traditional reliance on establishing a ‘common rule’? The decline of ‘bureaucratic’ models of employee management and the rise of performance pay and performance management conflicts with the common rule as management seek to tie rewards more closely to individual and organisational performance. CEP studies of performance pay in the British public services illustrate the potential for a procedural justice role to ensure that such pay systems are operated fairly, otherwise they risk demotivating staff. Evidence is presented to show that employees regard unions as effective vehicles for procedural justice. In this way, management can achieve better operation of their incentive schemes, and employees may experience less unfairness and poisoned work relations.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2004 David Marsden
Divisions: Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
JEL classification: J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J3 - Wages, Compensation, and Labor Costs > J33 - Compensation Packages; Payment Methods
M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M1 - Business Administration > M12 - Personnel Management
Date Deposited: 29 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 11:53

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