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Trade Union Approaches towards the ICE Regulations: Defensive Realism or Missed Opportunity?

Hall, Mark; Purcell, John; Terry, Michael; Hutchinson, Sue; Parker, Jane


Mark Hall

John Purcell

Michael Terry

Sue Hutchinson

Jane Parker


© John Wiley & Sons Ltd/London School of Economics 2013. Reflecting debates about whether statutory workforce-wide consultation arrangements are likely to undermine or underpin trade union representation, unions' approaches towards the UK's Information and Consultation of Employees Regulations 2004 have been ambivalent and their engagement with the legislation limited. Evidence from longitudinal case studies in 25 organizations suggests that the introduction of information and consultation bodies did not have the effect of marginalizing trade union representation and collective bargaining, and in some cases reinforced unions' standing within the organization. The article highlights the implications for union strategies and legislative reform, and suggests a research agenda.


Hall, M., Purcell, J., Terry, M., Hutchinson, S., & Parker, J. (2015). Trade Union Approaches towards the ICE Regulations: Defensive Realism or Missed Opportunity?. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 53(2), 350-375.

Journal Article Type Article
Online Publication Date Aug 8, 2013
Publication Date Jan 1, 2015
Journal British Journal of Industrial Relations
Print ISSN 0007-1080
Electronic ISSN 1467-8543
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 350-375
Keywords trade union, ICE, regulations, defensive realism
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