Struggling to be heard: the past and present of employee voice in Belarus

Danilovich, Hanna (2016) Struggling to be heard: the past and present of employee voice in Belarus. In: Employee Voice in Emerging Economies. Pyman, Amanda, Gollan, Paul J., Wilkinson, Adrian, Xu, Cathy and Kalfa, Senia, eds. Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations, 23 . Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 105-135. ISBN 9781786352408. (doi:10.1108/S0742-618620160000023005)

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Abstract

This paper addresses a highly under-research question of employee voice in Belarus using labour process theory, specifically, Ramsay’s (1977) cycles of control theory to assess the evolution of voice at transitional periphery. Using the sample of 10 industrial enterprises, the paper explores the degree of management control over formal voice and the role of trade unions in defending of independent voice at the collective level. Informal voice at the individual level is also analysed. The findings demonstrate that the degree of direct control over formal voice in Belarus exceeds that in the Soviet Union due to suppression of independent trade union voice. The loss of workers’ control over the labour process has led to decreasing informal voice at the individual level. However, the earlier argument on workers’ patience is not supported due to a growing number of organised workers protests.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Series ISSN: 0742-6186. eISBN: 978-1-78635-239-2.
Research Areas: A. > Business School
A. > Business School > Leadership, Work and Organisations
Item ID: 21011
Depositing User: Hanna Danilovich
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 16:45
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2019 23:56
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21011

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