Labour Market Enforcement in the 21st Century: Should Whistleblowers Have a Greater Role?

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David Lewis

Middlesex University - Business School

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

Labour market enforcement can be achieved through a variety of mechanisms. On the basis that inspectorates in the UK have been under‐resourced historically and that reliance on self‐regulation is particularly objectionable in sectors that have a record of providing low pay and poor working conditions, this article explores the potential for using whistleblowing by both workers and non‐workers as a method of enforcing labour standards. The author believes that, in principle, policing by inspectors working in conjunction with unions is particularly important in industries where small firms are prevalent and individuals may feel particularly vulnerable to retaliation if they speak up. Nevertheless, given the low likelihood of government inspections and low levels of unionisation in the private sector, it is suggested that enhancing the protection given to whistleblowers who report suspected wrongdoing might deter employer non‐compliance and prove cost effective.

Suggested Citation

Lewis, David, Labour Market Enforcement in the 21st Century: Should Whistleblowers Have a Greater Role? (May 2019). Industrial Relations Journal, Vol. 50, Issue 3, pp. 256-276, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3603515 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/irj.12251

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