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A Comparative Analysis of Consultation Obligations on Business over Collective Redundancies in Sweden and Australia
University of Newcastle.
Strömstad Akademi.
Högskolan Dalarna.
(English)Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
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Work Sciences
Research subject
Working Life Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34974OAI: diva2:782686
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2015-01-22 Last updated: 2015-01-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Partsrelationer vid nedläggningar av produktionsenheter
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Partsrelationer vid nedläggningar av produktionsenheter
2015 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[en]
Union-management relations during plant closures
Abstract [sv]

Nedläggningar är en återkommande företeelse på den svenska arbetsmarknaden. I föreliggande avhandling av Alexis Rydell ligger fokus på relationerna mellan ledning och arbetstagarorganisationer under nedläggningsprocesser.


Ett nedläggningsbeslut skapar spänning mellan parterna, inte minst eftersom nedläggnings­beslutet ofta innebär negativa konsekvenser för de anställda. Avhandlingen visar hur olika förhållningssätt mellan parterna kan skapa olika förutsättningar för att reducera spänningen och mildra de negativa konsekvenserna. Utifrån fallstudier identifieras nyckelfaktorer för partssamverkan och hur konstruktiva lösningar kan möjliggöras under processen. Dessutom analyseras vilka kontextuella faktorer som påverkar processen och dess potentiella inverkan på utfallen. Avslutningsvis presenteras ett förslag till modell för partsrelationer i nedläggningar. 

Abstract [en]

The main topic of this thesis is union-management relations during plant closures. The thesis includes five papers.

The first paper is based on a case study that illustrates how management and unions can exchange numerical flexibility with social responsibility to create favorable solutions. This is called a “local flexicurity model in restructuring processes.” The second paper is based on multiple case studies and stresses the importance of longer transition periods that include active Human Resource Management (HRM) efforts toward the local community, which are labeled as “outreach HRM.” The benefit of a longer transition period is that it gives employees, unions and local communities time to plan activities that may mitigate the adverse effects of the closure. The third paper addresses the dynamics of the local labor market and jobseekers’ willingness to commute to work, showing how socio-economic factors affect an individual’s willingness to commute. This implies that socio-economic factors may affect the ability to reconnect to new employment. The fourth paper is based on two case studies. It develops a typology of patterns in union-management relations, which is described as coordination and separation, and it reveals five key factors that contribute to creating the different patterns. It also shows how tension between management and labor can be reduced. The fifth paper is an international comparative study of Sweden and Australia. The paper deals with institutional differences with regard to how mass redundancies and plant closures are handled. Regulations that facilitate the voice of the union and employees are critically examined and illustrated through cases from both countries.

Partly based on the five papers, the thesis proposes a model that addresses union-management relations in plant closures. The model takes context, process and outcomes into account. Finally, it discusses recommendations for further research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Karlstad: Karlstads universitet, 2015. 89 p.
Karlstad University Studies, ISSN 1403-8099 ; 2015:3
nedläggning, partssamverkan, partsrelationer Plant closures, downsizing, union-management relations
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Working Life Science
urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-34722 (URN)978-91-7063-614-1 (ISBN)
Public defence
2015-02-06, Clas Ohlson-salen, Högskolan Dalarna, Borlänge, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-01-22 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2015-02-06Bibliographically approved

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