Dispute resolution and public service modernisation: The case of the Local Government Pay Commission

Kessler, Ian and Dickens, Linda (2008) Dispute resolution and public service modernisation: The case of the Local Government Pay Commission. The Journal of Industrial Relations, 50 (4). pp. 612-629.

Abstract

This article focuses on an ad hoc body, the UK Local Government Pay Commission, as a means of developing a broader argument on the relationship between collective dispute resolution and the nature of public service reform. It suggests that the character of disputes in this sector and the `fitness for purpose' of those institutions designed to resolve them are critically related to an industrial relations agenda, which is in turn shaped by changing forms of public service provision. An extended period of public service `modernization' in local government led to a restructuring of collective bargaining with substantive and procedural consequences: new issues emerged and related tensions arose that could not be managed by the traditional bargaining machinery or by the use of existing third-party conciliation or arbitration mechanisms. It required relatively novel arrangements in the form of the LGPC whose nature and operation and lessons are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Public sector disputes; Third-party intervention; UK Local Government Pay Commission
Subject(s): Organisational behaviour
Centre: Faculty of Organisational Behaviour
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2012 20:12
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2015 14:06
URI: http://eureka.sbs.ox.ac.uk/id/eprint/1875

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