Originally published in 1983, this comparative study of day-to-day industrial relations in two closely matched factories in Britain and Germany, the author examines the causes of the disorder in British manufacturing industry. The book describes how, in the absence of government in the British factory, workers took the law into their own hands in order to redress grievances over pay and to protect their position in the factory's earnings hierarchy. In the German workplace, management and works council successfully administer orderly and equitable pay structures.
Table of Contents
1. Disorder in British Industry 2. Research Site and Design 3. Formal Structures of Workplce Labor Representation 4. Disorder in the Workplace Appendix 5. The Process of Wage Determination in the Two Factories 6. Breakdown of Government in the Workplace 7. Conclusion Appendix A: The Performance of the Two Factories Compared
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