Archives for October 11th, 2001

THE REALITIES OF HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT

Book News, PublicNet: 11 October, 2001

By Keith Sisson and John StoreyThe book provides a succinct up-to-date analysis of themes and topics relevant to the management of human resources today. It covers issues of critical contemporary importance such as restructuring, continuous improvement, involvement and participation, pay and working time, training and development, recruitment and selection. It also looks at the implications of contextual changes such as the signing of the ”social chapter” of the EU Maastricht Treaty, and movement towards European Economic and Monetary Union. It deals with both the individual and the collective aspects of managing the employment relationship, analyses the latest thinking in both areas taking account of the large body of empirical research that is now available.

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HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE CRACKS UNDER STRESS

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 2001

The Health and Safety Executive has bowed to pressure from UNISON, the largest public sector union, and withdrawn its leaflet for employees on work related stress. The union claimed that the leaflet did nothing to help employees identify and remove the causes of stress, but instead encouraged them to consider changing jobs. The union wrote to all its branches and asked them to ensure that the leaflet was not distributed.UNISON received support from many sources in its claim that the leaflet gave the wrong message. They included the TUC, health & safety professionals and also from a number of employers’ who refused to use the leaflet.

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COALITION FOR IMPROVING PUBLIC SERVICES

Headlines, PublicNet: 11 October, 2001

Ian Duncan Smith, the new leader of the Conservative Party, wants a coalition of charities, churches and public and private sectors to deliver better results across public services. He said that the greatest mission of the Party at home over the coming years is to assemble this coalition and use the best of British invention, enterprise and energy.He pointed out that European countries enjoyed better health and education services than the UK and said that they would examine all models of services throughout the world as well as draw on expert opinion in this country. The Shadow Cabinet will visit other countries to see why it is that their public services are better than those in the UK. They will consult those who run public services as well as those who rely on them.

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