This edition is revised and updated to take into account the new Labour government. It examines recent changes in government policy, the law, union and management, together with their effects upon pay and productivity, the nature and scope of collective bargaining and Britain's strike record. An analysis of developments in the European Union is also included. The text is intended for: undergraduate and HND students taking modules in industrial relations and/or employee relations, human resource management and similar on business courses; postgraduate and post-experience business courses such as MBA, and DMS where industrial relations is studied. It should also be useful for undergraduate and HND students of sociology, politics or contemporary history; and for practitioners and some professional courses.