ANALYSING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNIONS AND JOINT CONSULTATION COMMITTEE: CASE STUDIES OF MALAYSIAN AND INDONESIAN POSTAL INDUSTRIES

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					                                                           International Journal Business and Society, Vol. 10 No. 1, 2009, 41 - 58



ANALYSING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN UNIONS AND
JOINT CONSULTATION COMMITTEE: CASE STUDIES OF
  MALAYSIAN AND INDONESIAN POSTAL INDUSTRIES

          Balakrishnan Parasuramana♣, Aryana Satryab, Balan Rathakrishnanc and
                               Balakrishnan Muniapand
                 a
                     School of Social Sciences, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, P.O Box 22144, 88781
                                      Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia

             b
                 School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland,
                                      Brisbane 4072 Queensland, Australia

                         c
                         School of Psychology and Social Work, Universiti Malaysia Sabah,
                                           88999 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

                                    d
                                        University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur
                                                      ABSTRACT

There has been a considerable degree of interest in the notion of joint consultation committee
(JCC). In this paper, we examine process of JCC in Malaysian and Indonesian postal industries.
The research focused on the implementation of JCC as a form of employee participation,
followed by an evaluation of the model that best explained the practices in the postal industries.
Both analysis were based on the work of Marchington (1992; 1994). Research findings indicate
the adjunct model best explains the practices of JCC, whereas both JCC and collective
bargaining (CB) have an integrative relationship for the beneficial of management and
employees.

Keywords: Employee Participation, Joint consultation committee, postal industry, industrial
relations, Malaysia and Indonesia


                                                I. INTRODUCTION

       Employee participation (EP) is an important area of research in the industrial relations
field (Parasuraman 2007; Harley, Hyman, and Thompson, 2005; Heller, Pusic, Strauss, and
Wilpert, 1998; Markey, Gollan, Hodgkinson, Chouragui, and Veersma, 2001). The literature
discusses two different forms of EP: direct and indirect participation. Strauss (1998) argues the
effectiveness of direct participation will be restricted if it is not combined with indirect
participation. The arguments supporting indirect participation are significant because many


♣
  Corresponding author: Balakrishnan Parasuraman, Associate Professor, Industrial Relations Programme, School of Social Sciences,
Universiti Malaysia Sabah, P.O. Box 22144, 88781 Luyang, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia. Email: bp05@hotmail.com or
issac05@hotmail.com
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high level decisions affect the people in the organisation, and vice versa. This is because the
strategic direction of the company is usually a determinant of the workers ac
				
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Description: There has been a considerable degree of interest in the notion of joint consultation committee (JCC). In this paper, we examine process of JCC in Malaysian and Indonesian postal industries. The research focused on the implementation of JCC as a form of employee participation, followed by an evaluation of the model that best explained the practices in the postal industries. Both analysis were based on the work of Marchington (1992; 1994). Research findings indicate the adjunct model best explains the practices of JCC, whereas both JCC and collective bargaining (CB) have an integrative relationship for the beneficial of management and employees. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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