New workplace relations survey
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are now organising a new round of Britain’s largest employment relations study.
The Workplace Employment Relations Study (WERS) reaches 3,000 large and small businesses to gauge and explore the current employment relations climate by giving a picture of working life in Britain. The 2011 study will be the sixth since 1980.
The good thing about WERS is that it gives a rounded picture of today’s workplace. Interview are held not just with managers, but also employees and union reps.
The result is a survey that is an important resource for unions – and other policy makers. In particular it allows us to nail many of the myths about union organisation and the impact of unions on workplaces. It also allows us to track our strengths and weaknesses.
Government respect it too, and its evidence has helped us succesfully argue for progressive policies on work-life balance, equal opportunities and dispute resolution.
A select group of workplaces will be contacted from October and the study will begin in January 2011.
The TUC is a strong supporter of WERS and we’d encourage unions and union reps to fully participate if you are in one of the workplaces chosen.
If you would like to know more about the study visit the website: www.wers2011.org.uk.