Employee Relations in ASDA

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EMPLOYEE RELATIONS
TABLE OF CONTENTSINTRODUCTION...........................................................................................................................1TASK 1............................................................................................................................................11.1 Explaining unitary as well as pluralistic frames...............................................................11.2 Analysing ways by which changes in trade unionism influenced employee relations.....21.3 Describing role of key players within employee relations...............................................3TASK 2............................................................................................................................................32.1 Explaining process which should follow a firm in order to solve conflict conditions.....32.2 Key features of employee relations in specific conflict situation.....................................42.3 Evaluation of effectiveness of steps used in conflict situations.......................................5TASK 3............................................................................................................................................53.1 Role of negotiation in collective bargaining....................................................................53.2 Impact of negotiation strategy in conflict situations........................................................6TASK 4............................................................................................................................................74.1 Influence of European Union on industrial democracy of United Kingdom...................74.2 Methods and procedure implemented in Asda to increase worker participation inmanagement............................................................................................................................74.3 Human Resource Management and its impact on Employee relations............................8CONCLUSION................................................................................................................................8REFERENCES..............................................................................................................................10
INTRODUCTIONA term which refers to efforts made by firms for establishing as well as managingrelationship among employees and employers is considered as employee relations. At theworkplace of an enterprise when this aspect is very strong and effective then it able to meet itsdesired objectives in proper and smooth direction (What is Employee Relations?, 2017). Thepresent study is based on Asda company which has international presence in retail sector. In thecurrent project, employee relations are analysed in against to change in background from lastyears. Apart from this, nature of industrial conflicts are discussed along with the ways whichhelp to make effectual solutions. Further, role of negotiation is presented in the procedure ofcollective bargaining in an appropriate direction. Further, influence of negotiation strategy onspecific kind of conflicts at the workplace of Asda firm is analysed. Besides this, employeeparticipation as well as involvement in order to establish effective employee relations andresolve disputes discussed in the assignment. TASK 11.1 Explaining unitary as well as pluralistic framesThe term employee relations consists with majorly two methods or concepts which arelike unitary and pluralistic. It helps to know about overall framework of employee relations in aneffective and proper direction. These both the frameworks have various thoughts, opinions andperception by which this aspect can be managed strongly in Asda. Therefore, the employees ableto provide high quality of services among customers and boost up efficiency of them along withfirm's productivity. Explanation of unitary and pluralistic these two frameworks stated below:Unitary framework: An approach which thinks that to make effective decisions at theworkplace of Asda with reference to employee relations, top management has rights. Humanresources who designated at the top level have whole rights to make solution of conflicts anddisputes arisen in the firm (Biswas and Varma, 2011). Further, unitary says that for making theemployees highly loyal towards the entity leaders are responsible. It ignores to the external partywhich is generally used by majority of the companies to make an effectual conflict solutions. Thereason for considering internal and top management is that, conflicts occur within entity due tomind set, relations, perception etc. of the workers. Therefore, situations of occurring conflicts arealso known and handled by top managers only. Moreover, outsiders unable to manage and1
reduce conflicts in effective way as per the unitary approach. Considering these all, it believesthat only internal employers are suitable for understanding disputes and solving them. However,if results are made using unitary approach in Asda then it can reduce level of satisfaction of theworkers. Pluralistic framework: This approach is opposite to unitary framework where it believesin outsiders for making solution of conflicts rather than internal management. It is based on someopinions which are like values, beliefs, attitudes etc. of employees. It thinks that employeerelations can become strong with the help of discussion as well as agreement among employersand employees (Burchill, 2014). Further, as per pluralistic approach conflicts in Asda can beresolved easily with the help of collective bargaining and negotiation properly. In order todetermine effective trade union at the workplace of Asda also pluralistic is one of the bestapproach as compared to unitary. 1.2 Analysing ways by which changes in trade unionism influenced employee relationsAlteration in trade unions have major and direct influence on the employee relations up tothe greater extent. Group of workers which made on the basis of particular services and works inorder to determine minimum wages and salaries is known as trade union. Further, rules andregulations framed under this aspect are mandatory to follow each and every organisationincluding Asda retailer. It helps to employees for sustaining at the workplace for long term.Generally four trade unions are there which explained below:11General union: In this those employees included which are non-skilled and unqualifiedand doing economic activities in the firm. Further, qualified as well as educated kind ofpeople are included under this union. For example: drivers, snipers, waiter etc. In thisemployee relations not come into consideration with better manner. 11Industrial union: The trade union in which skilled, educated and qualified employeesinvolved but all provide services in specific industry only. For instance: mining,manufacturing, production, services, IT etc. In this, unions or group of members are madeconsidering only one industry instead of type of workforce (Dasgupta, Suar and Singh,2012). 2

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