The discourse of diversity in unionised contexts: views from trade union equality officers
Kirton, Gill and Greene, Anne-Marie. (2006) The discourse of diversity in unionised contexts: views from trade union equality officers. PERSONNEL REVIEW, 35 (4). pp. 431-448. ISSN 0048-3486Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/00483480610670599
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to address the little researched question of how trade unions have interpreted and engaged with the discourse of diversity adopted by many organisations to replace the traditional "equal opportunities" discourse. Design/methodology/approach - Drawing on interviews with national trade union equality officers, the paper presents a discourse-based analysis, exploring what the shift towards a diversity discourse means for trade unions. Findings - The paper identifies three main features of the diversity discourse, which cause concern from the trade union perspective: its business-driven nature, its focus on the individual and its positioning as a top-down managerial activity. The main concern expressed was that the upbeat rhetoric of the diversity discourse diverts attention from the realities of discrimination and disadvantage. However, the discussion concludes that unions believe it is possible to work critically with diversity in order to pursue equality objectives. Originality/value - The paper offers an original perspective on the diversity discourse, and within the field of employment relations, an unusual analytical approach.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
|Journal or Publication Title:||PERSONNEL REVIEW|
|Publisher:||EMERALD GROUP PUBLISHING LIMITED|
|Number of Pages:||18|
|Page Range:||pp. 431-448|
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