An Exercise in Redeployment

An Exercise in Redeployment

The Report of a Trade Union Study Group

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Editor: Ron Thomas
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160221

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An Exercise in Redeployment: The Report of a Trade Union Study Group discusses the report of a trade union study group that probed the cancellation of the TSR2 project, forcing some 2,000 employees of Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd. to look for other jobs. The report shows how the study group saw and handled the problems; how they saw management's reactions; the efforts of the full-time trade union officials; the response from Ministry of Labor officers; and attitudes on the shop floor and in the office. Emphasis is placed on the shop-floor environment and the shop-floor negotiators. This book is comprised of 15 chapters and opens with a background description of the aircraft industry, followed by a discussion on the TSR2 and the thinking and expectations behind the British government's decision to cancel the project. An analysis of redundancy then follows with the group's thoughts directed towards the sort of questions which are not very often addressed. The negotiations that took place, including those involving severance pay and overtime, are considered. The extent of the experience of members of the study group in previous redundancies is also assessed. The last section gives some indication of what happened to some of the TSR2 workers who nominated themselves to leave under the voluntary system. This monograph will be of interest to trade union members and officials as well as labor policymakers.

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Members of the Study Group


    1. Introduction

    2. The Aircraft Industry

    3. The TSR2

    4. Some Thoughts on Labor Mobility and Redundancy

    5. Previous Redundancy Experiences

    6. The Immediate Reactions of Management — Securing the Right to Negotiate

    7. The Negotiations Begin

    8. Reactions and Responses in the First Couple of Weeks

    9. The Negotiations Continue

    10. Severance Pay Negotiations

    11. The Negotiations on Overtime

    12. The Movement of Labor

    13. The Work of the Four-Man Sub-Committee

    14. Some Concluding Remarks

    15. The Results of a Limited Survey

    Appendix I TSR2 Redundancy. Part Played by the Ministry of Labor

    Appendix II The Main Features of the Redundancy Payments Act

    Appendix III Redeployment and Training

    Appendix IV A Selection of News Flashes

    Appendix V Memorandum from Bristol Aero-Engines Limited on Redundancy Policy and Procedure

    Appendix VI The Disputed Ministry of Labor Form

    Appendix VII Graphs

    Graph 1. Bristol Siddeley Engines, Bristol. Redundancy Situation as a Result of Cancellation of TSR2

    Graph 2. Works and Staff Voluntary Movement

    Graph 3

    Graph 4

Product details

  • No. of pages: 280
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483160221

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Ron Thomas

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