Employee representation and voice
CESR research projects:
Development within industrial relations theory
Horen Voskeritsian’s doctoral thesis examined the development of the 'New Industrial Relations Theory' and its theoretical relationship to the more 'traditional' body of industrial relations theory. As part of this he has authored the modern history of the British Universities Industrial Relations Association (BUIRA) and his research continues to focus upon the history of the field of industrial relations in Britain and in particular a critique of Professor Bruce Kaufman’s historiography. He is also studying the impact of the Greek economic crisis upon Greek employment relations and labour market outcomes; in particular the changing role of collective bargaining and mediation and arbitration.
Trade union renewal in Western European states
Andy Mathers has now largely completed his project on trade union renewal in West European states. This has, however, now developed in a new direction which focuses on trade unionism and Euroscepticism. This is still in the early stages of development, but has resulted in the submission of a chapter for the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Euroscepticism, edited by Nick Startin and Simon Usherwood, and a presentation at the Critical Labour Studies Symposium 2015 at Ruskin College.
Collective bargaining and industrial conflict in Greece
Horen Voskeritsian continues his research on the impact of the crisis on collective industrial relations institutions across the EU. A paper, co-authored with Michail Veliziotis and Andreas Kornelakis (Sussex University) appeared at the ILPC 2015 conference in Athens, Greece and is under consideration at the European Journal of Industrial Relations. A second paper with the same co-authors, focusing on the effects of the austerity policies in Southern European countries is currently being drafted.
Horen is also researching the phenomenon of general strikes in Greece, in a paper co-authored with Professor John Kelly (Birkbeck, University of London). The focus of the paper is to understand the dynamics of the Greek strike and the reasons behind the huge numbers of general strikes in Greece compared to the rest of the EU.