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Mediating equality at work through civil society organisations

Williams, Steve, Heery, Edmund James ORCID: and Abbott, Brian 2010. Mediating equality at work through civil society organisations. Equality Diversity and Inclusion 29 (6) , pp. 627-638. 10.1108/02610151011067540

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Purpose – Studies of workplace equality have often questioned the effectiveness of employers' efforts to tackle employment disadvantage. This article is concerned with the role that civil society organisations (CSOs) play in promoting equality at work. The main aims of this article are to: examine the role played by CSOs in promoting equality and challenging disadvantage at work through engaging with employers; characterise the ways in which they operate as mediating agents; and to reflect on the implications of CSO interventions for understanding how the process of mediating workplace equality operates. Design/methodology/approach – The paper uses interview data from a study of the work and employment-related activities of CSOs operating in the UK, and was undertaken during 2007 and 2008. In-depth interviews were conducted with key respondents from a carefully selected sample of CSOs. Findings – It is found that there is a marked emphasis that many CSOs place on tackling equality issues by engaging positively with employers. Originality/value – The paper examines the role played by CSOs in tackling inequality and disadvantage in work and employment by engaging with employers, characterising how they operate as mediating agents.

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
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disadvantaged groups ; Employee relations ; Equal opportunities ; United Kingdom
Publisher: Emerald
ISSN: 2040-7149
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2022 08:56

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