Lean, but is it mean? Union members’ views on a high performance workplace system

Author: Cochrane, William; Law, Michael; Piercy, Gemma Louise

Date: 2005

Publisher: The Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand (AIRAANZ)

Type: Conference item

Link to this item using this URL: https://hdl.handle.net/10289/4869

University of Waikato

Abstract

The growing literature on high performance workplace systems suggests that in a unionised environment such systems can be advantageous for workers. This paper reports on a study of New Zealand dairy workers’ views on the introduction of a hpws. It reports little evidence to support the more optimistic claims in the literature. But it also reports that union members still support hpws, primarily for reasons of job security. Thus notwithstanding many of the findings, the paper concludes that there are limited grounds for a degree of optimism about the potential of union involvement in hpws to enhance worker voice.

Subjects: High Performance Workplace Systems, New Zealand, HPWS

Citation: ["Cochrane, B., Law, M. & Piercy, G. (2005). Lean, but is it mean? Union members’ views on a high performance workplace system. In M. Baird, R. Cooper & M. Westcott (Eds.), Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, University of Sydney, Sydney (pp. 129-138)."]

Copyright: This article has been published in Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. © 2005 AIRAANZ. Used with permission.