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Negotiating ‘difference’: representing disabled employees in the British workplace

Foster, Deborah Jane ORCID: and Fosh, Patricia 2010. Negotiating ‘difference’: representing disabled employees in the British workplace. British Journal of Industrial Relations 48 (3) , pp. 560-582. 10.1111/j.1467-8543.2009.00748.x

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Drawing on qualitative interviews with disabled employees, union officers and disability-related organizations, this article examines employee attempts to negotiate workplace adjustments and associated issues of workplace representation. UK employment law utilizes an individual medical model of disability, which conflicts with traditional collective approaches favoured by trade unions, which has implications for disabled employees and union representation. We explore the different strategies available to unions and conclude that, despite the role played by disability-related organizations in supporting employees, unions are the only workplace actors who are capable of reconfiguring the ‘personal as political’ and integrating disability concerns into wider organizational agendas.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
J Political Science > J General legislative and executive papers
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0007-1080
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:41

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