Management Should Have the Right to Allow a Union in the Workplace or Not

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History shows that there has been conflict of power within the workforce between union and management. This essay will discuss if management should have the right to determine whether a union should operate within their workplace. It is necessary first to discuss the roles of unions and management in the workplace and discuss both points of view on the power distribution between unions and management in the workplace. The rise of industrial age led to the rise of industrial factory systems. As the industries grew larger as well as the workplace, it required more employees. As the employees grew in the workplace, their relationship with the employer became less personal hence individuals lost power. (History of Labor Unions Summary & Analysis, 2014) emphasizes that there was little to nothing an individual could do to pressure a large industrial business to increase his/ hers wages or shorten his/hers hours or provide a better working environment. The increasing migrants in Australia during the 1960’s continually replenished the supply of unskilled workers making it difficult for any employee to attain any leverage in negotiations with their employers. This led to employee’s embracement of collective action which then led to the rise of unions. According to (Burchielli, R 2006) Unions are seen as the power house of employees in the workplace, their role was to give employee a collective bargaining with their employers for better working environment, better wages and benefits such as paid leave. However union membership have decreased over the last couple of decades, according to (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), 2013) in 1986 46 % of employees were members of trade unions by 2007 the figures have dropped to only 19%. There... ... middle of paper ... ...ce: Balancing Efficiency, Equity, and Voice. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Blair, Margaret M. (1995) Ownership and Control: Rethinking Corporate Governance for the Twenty-First Century. Washington, DC: Brookings. Jacoby, Sanford M. (2001) “Employee Representation and Corporate Governance: A Missing Link,” University of Pennsylvania Journal of Labor and Employment Law, 3(3): 449-89. Purcell, J. (1987), MAPPING MANAGEMENT STYLES IN EMPLOYEE RELATIONS. Journal of Management Studies, 24: 533–548. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.1987.tb00462.x Sutcliffe and Callus (1994) Glossary of Australian Industrial Relations Terms, ACIRRT, Sydney. Marshall, Shelley, 2004. Enterprise Bargaining, Managerial Prerogative and the Protection of Workers Rights. An Argument on the Role of Law and Regulatory Strategy in Australia under the Workplace Relations Act 199, Vol.22(3), , p.299.

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