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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: “An umbrella full of holes?”: Corporate Restructuring, Redundancy and the Effectiveness of ICE Regulations
Other Titles: Un parapluie percé ? Restructurations d’entreprise, licenciements et efficacité de l’application au Royaume-Uni de la Directive européenne sur l’information et la consultation des travailleurs
Author(s): Taylor, Phil
Baldry, Christopher
Danford, Andy
Stewart, Paul
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Keywords: European Union
information and consultation of employees
plant closure
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: Taylor P, Baldry C, Danford A & Stewart P (2009) “An umbrella full of holes?”: Corporate Restructuring, Redundancy and the Effectiveness of ICE Regulations, Relations Industrielles / Industrial Relations, 64 (1), pp. 27-49.
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.
Rights: Published in Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations by Synergies: Canada's SSH Research Infrastructure / Département des relations industrielles de l'Université Laval.; Open Access. Publisher statement: "Erudit practices filtered access based upon the principle of a two-year moving wall. This wall means that issues for the last two years of publication are available subject to a subscription. Everything that predates the last two years of publication is open access. All the issues of RI/IR published since 1984 are available in open access (except for the last two years) and we continue the work of retroactively digitalized articles from past issues".

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