'An umbrella full of holes?' Corporate Restructuring, Redundancy and the Effectiveness of ICE Regulations

Phil Taylor, Chris Baldry, Andy Danford, Paul Stewart

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Abstract

This article concerns the manner in which the European Union Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Directive has been implemented in the UK in the harsh corporate conditions of restructuring, redundancy and site closure. Drawing on interview and documentary evidence from six case companies (Peugeot-Citroen, General Motors, Prudential, Aviva, Marconi, Rolls Royce), the article exposes major faultlines in the effectiveness of the UK's ICE Regulations to provide even limited protection for employees who were presented with redundancy as a fait accompli. Contrary to management claims ICE arrangements have not provided additional levels of representation either to complement unions or to fill the 'representation gap' left by declining coverage. The failure to consult raises broader questions of the wider political and legislative environment in the UK.
LanguageEnglish
Pages27-49
Number of pages22
JournalIndustrial Relations/Relations Industrielles
Volume64
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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Redundancy
Personnel
Information management
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Keywords

  • European Union
  • ICE
  • UK
  • Plant closure

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