Management of Labour


This module enables students to explore and understand the basic features of the employment relationship and how this is reflected in management theory and practice, and in worker responses.

On completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand how the employment relationship operates and the problem of the ‘right to manage’
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of theories of worker behaviour and labour management, and their relation to trade union organisation
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the main features in the development of labour management practices today
  • Use a variety of case studies and documents, and be able to contribute to the development and promotion of a trade union response


Williams, S (2017) Introducing Employment Relations: A Critical Approach, 4th ed., Oxford University Press [ISBN: 9780198777120]

Here’s something you might be asked to do in an assignment in this module:

What is meant by the ‘right to manage’?

This is a core module in the Trade Union Studies Certificate programme worth 10 credits. It will be offered once every two years in each fixed location either by way of ten 3-hour night classes; 5 full day classes or a combination of each.