Employee Relations and Trade Unions in Africa: A Critical Approach

Chima Mordi (Editor), Hakeem Adeniyi Ajonbadi (Editor), Olatunji David Adekoya (Editor)

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    Employment relations fundamentally examine the nature of the relationship between employees and their employers. Traditionally, studies of employment relations in Africa have been dominated by a concern about understanding the role of trade unions and how they collectively influence relationships within the workplace. A contemporary African outlook into the state of employment relations shows that there has been a shift in the excitement with trade unions. There is a need to consider the role of government actors and workers? experiences in both unionised and non-unionised organisations. Furthermore, it is becoming crucial to consider employment relations and how international and national labour markets, including national and international employment actors and institutions, affect employment relations and the ways in which these relationships play out in different national contexts. It is important to note that employment relations in Africa is by no means homogeneous. Employment relations is widely taught in African universities, yet no book captures the variety of employment relationships in Africa. We believe that practitioners, students and managers alike will find it an essential tool that they will refer to again and again. This book is useful for readers interested in comparative and international programmes across areas such as employment relations, industrial relations, human resource management, political economy, labour politics, industrial and economic sociology, and regulation and social policy. This book addresses a cross-section of country studies, including Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The book covers the theoretical approaches, legal aspects of employment relations, essential policies, strategies and the changing social context to conflict resolution, mediation, employee engagement and workplace discipline. Employee Relations and Trade Unions in Africa?A Critical Approach is an indispensable guide. The book gives a thorough foundation in the processes, context and practical application of employment relations and the skills needed to successfully manage people within the work milieu. While the book is essentially written for readers with no prior experience or knowledge of employment relations in Africa and ideas about the varying systems and contexts in Africa, it is a useful tool for experts in the field to keep up to date with contemporary issues around the subject
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    ISBN (Print)9783031268250
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 22 Apr 2023


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