Robert Taylor Memorial Webinar, Wednesday 26 May 2021
Thank you to everyone who attended the Robert Taylor Memorial Webinar and took the time to reflect upon and commemorate Robert and his contributions to academic/practitioner discussions with particular reference to the values that he expressed in his work: commitment to a social democratic economy, industrial democracy and the need to recast the UK’s economic and social settlement to reflect changing circumstances.
With special thanks to Rt Hon Alan Johnson; Lord John Monks; John Cruddas MP; Kate Dearden, Head of Research, Policy and External Relations, Community; Professor Peter Nolan, University of Leicester; and Dr Manuela Galetto, Industrial Relations Research Unit for their contributions and interactions and to Professor Stephanie Tailby, Dr Umar Boodoo and David Coats for chairing the discussions.
The Industrial Relations Research Unit (IRRU) is one of the major centres for the study of industrial relations in Europe. Established in 1970, our Advisory Committee includes senior officials of the DTI, CBI, TUC, and Acas.
· Promote understanding of industrial relations through long-term, interdisciplinary research
· Contribute to the policy-making of public administrators, employers and trade unions by improving the quality of data and analysis
· Be a major international as well as national centre promoting the subject
· Contribute to research-led industrial relations teaching within WBS.
Our five decades of empirical research and theoretical reflection on the ever-changing world of work has led to two robust propositions that characterise our approach. Firstly, the dynamic, undetermined nature of employment constrains HR strategies and, in particular, unilateral ones. Secondly, the labour market, far from working anonymously, is affected by people’s agency and its governance has major societal, economic and political implications. In other words, human resources are too serious a stake to leave them to management alone.
Our research can be grouped into three main areas of investigation:
1. Employment relations strategy, including research on:
· Employee voice, skills and high-performance works systems
· Employee board participation effects on pay policies and CEO remuneration
· Indicators of HR practices for the financial market
· Representation strategies of precarious workers
· Wage setting in the Eurozone
· Responses to the national living wage in SMEs
· Professionals’ voice and outsourcing.
2. Globalisation and work, including research on:
· Labour market regulations and management of labour migration
· Employee voice and health and safety in the global garment industry
· Employee responses to relocation of production
· Transfer of employment practices in multinational companies
· EU employment policies on flexibility, security and inclusion.
3. Equality and diversity, including research on:
· Collective bargaining and equality
· Employee reps and disabled workers
· Migrant labour and modern slavery.
The IRRU, in collaboration with Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research, is the UK national centre for the EU observatory, EurWORK, looking at industrial relations, working conditions and restructuring, supplying features and reports on national development, and thematic comparative analysis. Recent articles contributed by members of the IRRU to EurWork include:
Director of the IRRU: Kim Hoque
irruoffice at wbs dot ac dot uk
t: +44 (0)24 7652 4503
MSc Human Resource Management & Employment Relations
UK Reports, 2018
16 November 2018
United Kingdom: Latest working life developments – Q3 2018
11 September 2018
United Kingdom: Latest working life developments – Q2 2018
10 May 2018
United Kingdom: Latest working life developments – Q1 2018
2 February 2018
UK: Public sector pay cap lifted for police and prison officers
View forthcoming IRRU seminars and events.