European Work and Employment Research Centre

Industrial relations and decent work


The study of industrial relations and decent work explores the changing strategies of trade unions and other social actors through UK and international research. Our research includes a focus on vulnerable workers (eg. youth, women, migrant workers) and on the pay bargaining strategies of unions and employers.

Books & book chapters

  • Marchington, M., Waddington, J. and Timming, A. (2010), ‘Employment relations in Britain’, in Bamber, G., Lansbury, R. and Wailes, N. (eds) (2010), International and Comparative Employment Relations, Sydney, Allen and Unwin.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. (2010) ‘Labour Process and Marxist Perspectives on Employee Representation," in Adrian Wilkinson, Paul J. Gollan, Mick Marchington, and David Lewin (eds.)The Oxford Handbook of Participation in Organizations, Oxford: Ocford University Press.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. and Stuart, M. (2009) ‘Organising and Union Modernisation’,in Gregor Gall (ed.) Union Revitalisation in Advaned Economies, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. and Perrett, R. (2009) ‘Strategies in Search of Structures: the Real World of Community Unionism in Relation to Black and Minority Ethnic Workers’, in Jo McBride and Ian Greenwood (eds.) Community Unionism. London: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. and Hamann, K. (2009) ‘Trade unions and the politics of renewal in Spain in historical context: making and enacting regulation’, in Craig Phelan (ed.) Trade Unionism since 1945, Bern: Peter Lang.
  • McBride, A. and Waddington, J. (2009) ‘The Representation of Women and the Trade Union Merger Process’ in P. Baker, J. Foley, L. Briskin (eds.) Equity: The Path to Union Renewal, Vancouver: UBC Press.

Journal articles

  • Cox, A., Marchington, M. and Suter, J. (2009) ‘Employee involvement and participation: developing the concept of institutional embeddedness using WERS 2004’, International Journal of Human Resource Management, 20 (10): 2150-68.
  • Grimshaw, D. (2010) ‘Can more inclusive wage-setting institutions improve low wage work? Pay trends in the United Kingdom’s public-sector hospitals’, International Labour Review, 148 (4): 439-459.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. and Perrett, R. (2009) ‘The diversity and politics of trade union responses to minority ethnic and migrant workers: the context of the UK’, Economic and Industrial Democracy, 30: 324-347.
  • Martinez Lucio, M. and Perrett, R. (2009) ‘Meanings and dilemmas in community unionism: trade union community initiatives and black and minority ethnic groups in the UK’, Work Employment Society, 23: 693-710.
  • Perrett, R. and Martinez Lucio, M. (2009) ‘Trade unions and relations with Black and Minority Ethnic community groups in the UK: The development of new alliances?’ Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35 (8): 1295-1314.
  • Ward, K., C. Fagan, L. McDowell, D. Perrons, K. Ray (2010) ‘Class transformation and work-life balance in urban Britain: the case of Manchester’ Urban Studies

Research reports

  • Grimshaw, D. (2010) ‘What do we know about low wage work and low wage workers? Analysing the definitions, patterns, causes and consequences in international perspective’ Report for the ILO. (August).


The European Work and Employment Research Centre was established in 1994 to build upon and develop expertise in comparative and inter-disciplinary research in the area of work and employment.

Contact us

  • Address: 
    Alliance Manchester Business School
    Booth Street West
    M15 6PB, UK

  • Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 1320