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Unions’ response to corporate restructuring in Telefónica: locked into collective bargaining?



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Rodríguez Ruiz, Óscar (2015) Unions’ response to corporate restructuring in Telefónica: locked into collective bargaining? Employee Relations, 37 (1). pp. 83-101. ISSN 0142-5455

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ER-03-2014-0029


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze the restructuring approach followed by the highly profitable Telefónica in its 2011 redundancy plan, and explores unions’ response to management strategy.
Design/methodology/approach – The research follows a case study approach constructing a dataset with information from company reports, committee records, union documents, press releases, and other available sources such as specialized journals and newspapers.
Findings – Specifically this case study tries to show how massive job cuts have been implemented through a labour-mediated downsizing strategy that mitigates contestation and industrial conflict.
Originality/value – The paper tackles the relevant question of how unions respond to corporate restructuring (involving downsizing) in countries where industrial relations institutions remain relatively strongly embedded and proactive.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Industrial relations; Partnership; Organizational change; Collective bargaining; Downsizing; restructuring; Union strategies
Subjects:Social sciences > Economics > Industrial management
ID Code:61049
Deposited On:24 Jun 2020 10:10
Last Modified:24 Jun 2020 10:10

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