'An Umbrella Full of Holes?' Corporate Restructuring, Redundancy and the Effectiveness of ICE Regulations

Posted: 15 Apr 2010

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Phil Taylor

University of Strathclyde - Department of Human Resource Management

Christopher Baldry

University of Stirling

Andy Danford

University of the West of England (UWE) - Bristol Business School

Paul Stewart

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde Business School

Date Written: January 15, 2009

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-Citroën, General Motors, Prudential, Aviva, Marconi, Rolls-Royce), the article exposes major fault lines 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 on the wider political and legislative environment in the UK.

Keywords: European Union, Information and Consultation Of Employees, UK, Plant Closure

JEL Classification: J50, J58, K31

Suggested Citation

Taylor, Philip and Baldry, Christopher and Danford, Andy and Stewart, Paul, 'An Umbrella Full of Holes?' Corporate Restructuring, Redundancy and the Effectiveness of ICE Regulations (January 15, 2009). Relations Industrielles/Industrial Relations, Vol. 64, No. 1, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1589365

Philip Taylor (Contact Author)

University of Strathclyde - Department of Human Resource Management ( email )

Glasgow G1 1XU
United Kingdom

Christopher Baldry

University of Stirling ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
United Kingdom
+ 44 0 1786 467 328 (Phone)
+ 44 0 1786 467 329 (Fax)

Andy Danford

University of the West of England (UWE) - Bristol Business School ( email )

Frenchay Campus
Bristol, BS16 1QY
United Kingdom
0117 9656262 Ext. 3481 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/bbs/acad/hrm/danford.shtml

Paul Stewart

University of Strathclyde - Strathclyde Business School

100 Cathedral Street
Glasgow G1 1XU
United Kingdom

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