foundation of HRM

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The employment relationship is the context within which intricate interactions between employees, who may be unionised, and employers are conducted, both collectively and individually (Kelly, 1998 cited in Rose, 2004 p.6) Potential for conflict between employee and employer interests Unequal nature of the employment contract The ways in which the employment relationship is regulated The employment contract: Lecture aim: to examine the inequality of the employment contract to outline the duties upon employer and employee within the employment contract to explain the indeterminate nature of the employment contract The Contract of Employment: A relationship of equals? The contract of employment ‘exhibits an individualism which…show more content…
“..the employment contract is indeterminate. In a commercial contract a product or service is supplied for a price. In the labour contract, the worker sells an ability to work, which is translated into actual labour only during the course of the working day. Expectations about standards of performance have to built up during the process of production.” (Edwards, 2003:14) Analysing the Employment Contract: The employment contract reflects, particularly in the status of the implied terms (duties), the power relationships between employer and employee (to the extent that it protects managerial rights) ‘the actual operation of legal rights in the workplace depends on the power, knowledge and organisation of the parties as well as on the statute book’ (Edwards, 2003:15) Competing Ideologies: Perspectives at work Perspective is a term that may be used interchangeably with frame of reference or ideology It describes a set of underpinning ideas and beliefs that informs an individual 's assumptions about how society operates and influences their attitudes and behaviour (Blyton and Jenkins, 2007,p.166) Perspectives at work: “how people regard the nature of different interests and the distribution of power and control in the employment relationship” (ibid.) Pluralism Mainstream political and industrial relations theory in 1960s and 1970s Unitary Long standing set of ideas which have regained
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