Ask anyone for their view of partnership agreements in UK industry and their response will be dictated to a great extent by the side of the fence on which they are sitting. This is not to say that their response will automatically be a knee‐jerk one of the “them and us” variety. Nevertheless, different kinds of skepticism are likely to be found among bosses and employees. The former are bound to ask themselves whether management’s right to manage unhindered will be impeded. Some employees, on the other hand, will be concerned about emasculation of trade union power.
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