In search of workplace partnership at Suncorp



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Shah, D., Xu, Y., Gollan, P. J. & Wilkinson, A. (2016). In search of workplace partnership at suncorp. In S. Johnstone & A. Wilkinson (Eds.), Developing Positive Employment Relations: International Experiences of Labour Management Partnership (pp. 281-303). United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.


This chapter examines workplace non-union cooperation at Suncorp Group in Australia, especially the notion of partnership in this context. For this purpose, we define workplace partnership as 'labour-management cooperation for mutual gains' following Ackers and Payne (1998: 279-301). Th e social partnership model operates at the workplace level in different ways within different national contexts (Badigannavar and Kelly 2005 ; Guest and Peccei 2001). Common to these workplace arrangements is the provision of information to and consultation with employees and/or their representatives during decision-making processes and the mutually beneficial outcomes in relation to trust, industrial relations (IR) climate and economic benefits (see also Badigannavar and Kelly 2005; Holland et al. 2012; Townsend et al. 2014).

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