Industrial relations conflict in Irish hospitals: a review of Labour Court cases

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/292984
Title:
Industrial relations conflict in Irish hospitals: a review of Labour Court cases
Authors:
Cowman, Jennifer; Keating, Mary A.
Affiliation:
University of Dublin, Trinity College
Citation:
Jennifer Cowman, Mary A Keating, (2013) "Industrial Relations Conflict in Irish Hospitals: A Review of Labour Court Cases", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 27 Iss: 3
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal:
Journal of Health Organization and Management
Issue Date:
2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/292984
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17087925&show=abstract
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of industrial relations (IR), and IR conflict in the Irish healthcare sector. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is based on a thematic analysis of Labour Court cases concerning hospitals over a ten year period. Findings - The findings of the paper indicate that the nature of IR conflict is changing in healthcare. The paper suggests that alternative manifestations of IR conflict evident in the Irish healthcare sector include (i) absenteeism as a form of temporary exit, and (ii) resistance. The key groups in the sector are discussed in the context of their contrasting disputes. The themes which characterise negotiations are identified as precedent, procedure and partnership. Research limitations/implications - The research was conducted in the healthcare sector, thus transferability is limited. Caution is also required as the research pertains to one national setting which, despite sharing some structural similarities with other health and IR systems, is a unique context. Practical implications - The paper highlights the importance of recognising IR conflict in its various forms. It is further suggested that managing the process of IR conflict may be significant in furthering change agendas. Originality/value - The value of the paper centres on the investigation of alternative manifestations of IR conflict in the healthcare sector.
Keywords:
HEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGMENT; HEALTH POLICY; INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS
Local subject classification:
INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCowman, Jenniferen_GB
dc.contributor.authorKeating, Mary A.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-05-29T10:33:49Z-
dc.date.available2013-05-29T10:33:49Z-
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.identifier.citationJennifer Cowman, Mary A Keating, (2013) "Industrial Relations Conflict in Irish Hospitals: A Review of Labour Court Cases", Journal of Health Organization and Management, Vol. 27 Iss: 3en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/292984-
dc.descriptionPurpose - The purpose of this paper is to explore the nature of industrial relations (IR), and IR conflict in the Irish healthcare sector. Design/methodology/approach - The paper is based on a thematic analysis of Labour Court cases concerning hospitals over a ten year period. Findings - The findings of the paper indicate that the nature of IR conflict is changing in healthcare. The paper suggests that alternative manifestations of IR conflict evident in the Irish healthcare sector include (i) absenteeism as a form of temporary exit, and (ii) resistance. The key groups in the sector are discussed in the context of their contrasting disputes. The themes which characterise negotiations are identified as precedent, procedure and partnership. Research limitations/implications - The research was conducted in the healthcare sector, thus transferability is limited. Caution is also required as the research pertains to one national setting which, despite sharing some structural similarities with other health and IR systems, is a unique context. Practical implications - The paper highlights the importance of recognising IR conflict in its various forms. It is further suggested that managing the process of IR conflict may be significant in furthering change agendas. Originality/value - The value of the paper centres on the investigation of alternative manifestations of IR conflict in the healthcare sector.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limiteden_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17087925&show=abstracten_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH SERVICES AND THEIR MANAGMENTen_GB
dc.subjectHEALTH POLICYen_GB
dc.subjectINDUSTRIAL SCHOOLSen_GB
dc.subject.otherINDUSTRIAL RELATIONSen_GB
dc.titleIndustrial relations conflict in Irish hospitals: a review of Labour Court casesen_GB
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Dublin, Trinity Collegeen_GB
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Health Organization and Managementen_GB
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