Centre for Employment Studies Research (CESR)
Welcome to the CESR Review
The CESR Review is aimed at employment relations and human resource management practitioners, trade unionists, researchers, lecturers and students in these and related fields. Follow the links to access pdf versions of short articles, book reviews and interviews.
Details of the major journals and other web-sites useful to those working in these fields can be found at the bottom of this page.
Professor Sian Moore
Editor, CESR Review
Current issue: July 2013
Organising sex workers in the UK: What’s in it for trade unions? - The current attacks on workers and wide-ranging structural changes in the labour market underline the necessity for unions to adapt to the needs of vulnerable and precarious workers. In this article Ana Lopes of CESR and Jennifer Webber of the GMB union reflect upon the experience of organising sex workers in the UK in the context of union renewal and the possibility of new forms of unionism. They point out that sex workers, far from being a small and unique group of workers, encapsulate many of the characteristics of the new constituencies in union renewal efforts. The sex worker activist base organises beyond traditional union boundaries and is deeply involved in community and self-organisation. Therefore, unions would do well to look at their experience and support their efforts. Dr Ana Lopes and Jennifer Webber
Delinquents, time-wasters and informants: Contrasting constructions of community in PCSO training - Introduced in 2004, neighbourhood policing (NP) represents a considerable change in the way some police officers perform their role. Rather than focusing on maintaining public order and investigating crimes, neighbourhood officers are expected to engage with members of the public, allow them to help determine policing priorities and provide better support to the victims of crime. These objectives were intended to answer criticisms that the police service had become a discriminatory organisation that did not reflect or understand the diversity found in modern communities. The malpractice and abuses of power that resulted from this has had a significant negative impact on public attitudes towards the police service. NP is intended to address a 'them and us' attitude amongst officers and promote better relations between the public and police service. Dr Paul Bennett
Whither Greek trade unionism? - Last May, the Eurogroup praised the progress made by the Greek government in implementing the fiscal and structural reforms outlined in the three Memoranda of Understanding between Greece and its creditors. The rate of recession for the first quarter of 2013 was -5.3%, an improvement from the -6.5% of the first quarter of 2012, and Fitch, the global rating agency, upgraded Greek bonds from the CCC category to B- (still, however, characterising them as 'junk assets'). The Greek government was quick to present these developments as proof of the success of, and a further justification for, the austerity programme implemented in the country over the past three years. However, even if, and this is a big ‘if’, growth is on an upward trajectory, any manifestations in the real economy appear some way off. Dr Horen Voskeritsian
How CESR informs student research: The Engaging is Critical Business Enquiry module at UWE - In 2011, a study by the CBI indicated that almost three quarters of UK employers were dissatisfied with the skill levels of graduates. As the effects of recession continue to be significant issues in 2013, there is reason to suspect that graduate employment will continue to be cause for concern. A growing literature emphasises the importance of ensuring a focus on employability in degree programmes and reveals that UK universities are aware of the vital role they play in preparing graduates for an increasingly uncertain labour market. Dr Paul Bennett, Dr Hilary Drew and Dominic Page.
Book Review: Edward Slavishak, (2008) Bodies of Work – Civic Display and Labor in Industrial Pittsburgh, Durham and London, Duke University Press. Anthony Fenley
- January 2013
- July 2012
- January 2012
- July 2011 (opens as PDF in separate window)
- January 2011 (opens as PDF in separate window)
- July 2010 (opens as PDF in separate window)
- December 2009
- May 2009
- November 2008
- April 2008