Different rooms, different voices: Double-breasting, multi-channel representation and the managerial agenda

Niall Cullinane, Jimmy Donaghey, Tony Dundon, Tony Dobbins

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Double-breasting has been identified as where companies run union voice and non-union voice mechanisms across different plants. While research has focused on the incidence of such arrangements, there is a dearth of evidence into the dynamics of it. This article seeks to complement existing research by examining the contours of double-breasting in a case study organisation. The findings suggest that more research is necessary into the dynamics of double-breasting in terms of how voice in sites affects each other and the extent to which running different regimes affects the managerial agenda.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)368-384
Number of pages17
JournalThe International Journal of Human Resource Management
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • double-breasting
  • employee voice
  • non-union representation
  • union representation

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