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The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations

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The SAGE Handbook of Industrial Relations

Paul Blyton & Nicolas Bacon & Jack Fiorito & Edmund Heery

Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: October 01, 2010 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781849200431 | Print ISBN: 9781412911542 | Online ISBN: 9781849200431 | Publisher:SAGE Publications Ltd

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Chapter 30: Equality at Work

Barbara Pocock

Equality at work Equality - and its shadow, inequality - has long been a concern in the field of industrial relations (IR). Such inequality has many fault lines and some have received more attention than others. It is measured in several different ways, most commonly through wage outcomes, but also through differences in life-term earnings in retirement income, hours of work, the security of employment, employee voice at work, and access to promotion and a variety of other conditions and rights. Inequality is at the heart of the employment relationship. Employers and employees generally exercise unequal power, and the outcomes of this inequality and its moderation are core concerns of employment relations, including regulation to mitigate this inequality, the collective organization of workers to ‘rebalance’ their power vis a vis their employers, and analysis of the perpetual contest between these two sides and its outcomes as reflected in the There ...

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