Synopsis By: Nelson - Proceeding Author: Owen Fairweather

Review of British procedures for processing grievances and disputes, with particular emphasis on procedures in manufacturing. Major distinctions from American procedures include lack of arbitral or court interpretation of language; frequent use of oral agreements; maintenance of status quo and delay of strike action until after conciliation efforts fail; standard notice or payment in lieu of before discharge unless discharge is “for cause”; lack of contractual right to reinstatement for unjust discharge; use of strikes to force reinstatement of stewards; lack of seniority systems; limited arbitration; no recognized “reserved rights” of management. Suggests recent NLRB cases make the American principles closer to the British model, with likely result of eroding efficiency.