Grappling with Democracy
Chapter 8: Employee voice in the United Kingdom
The themes addressed in the current UK labor law model have deep historical roots, with the current treatment of these issues very much reflecting the modern political debates. Democracy within the trade unions, between members and their organizations, has been used politically as a tool for restricting the power of the trade unions. Despite this, a voluntary trend can be traced within the unions as to greater representation of different worker groups. The UK system has several avenues available as to employee grievances, first bringing them to the employer. Acas can provide conciliation, mediation, and arbitration and trade unions legal assistance. The balance achieved in the UK labor law model between statutory regulation and self-regulation by the social partners, resting on constitutional principles such as natural justice and access to justice, provides a unique solution to the issue of employee voice.
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