Human Resources Practices, the HR Function and Trade Unions: Evidence From Uruguay

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Executive Summary

During the last decades Industrial Relations have been experiencing a continuous decline, while Human Resources Management practices increase protagonism in European and US organizations. Meanwhile the Uruguayan industrial relation framework has changed too, but not exactly in the same direction of the international trend. Using data from a survey conducted in Uruguay in 2008, this paper tries to study the association between the professionalization of the HRM function and trade unions influence, with the adoption of HR performance-centered view) or/and HR person-centered view at the workplace, in a context significantly different from US or European countries, where HRM practices are not replacing traditional unionism and collective bargaining paradigm.

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