Dr Steve French

Title: Senior Lecturer in Industrial Relations and HRM
Phone: +44 (0)1782 733609
Email: s.r.french@keele.ac.uk
Location: Darwin 1.06
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I completed both my undergraduate degree and MA in History and Politics at the University of East Anglia and subsequently worked in the Inland Revenue, where I was lay activist in the IRSF union (now the Public and Commercial Services Union, PCS). I then moved to Birmingham University, where I completed my PhD (examining German collective bargaining after unification) in 1999. Prior to joining the staff at Keele in September 2000, I worked both as a Research Assistant at the LSE and as a Lecturer in Industrial Relations at the University of Warwick. 

I am an Academic MCIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development).

My main research interests relate to the employment of migrant workers and to the regulation of workloads and the work-life balance of white collar-workers.

I have undertaken for the Low Pay Commission, UNITY trade union, the West Midlands Strategic Migration Partnership and Lifelong Learning Network work on migrant labour and wage levels, union organising and skill utilisation. This research has been supported by research grants from the Nuffield Foundation and Sir Halley Stewart Trust.

I have also undertaken research into the workload and work-life balance of Head Teachers (for the National Association of Head Teachers, NAHT), Civil Servants (for the Public and Commercial Services union, PCS) and Prison Managers (for the Prison Governors Association, PGA) with research reports submitted to the School Teachers Pay Review Body, Prison Service Pay Review Body and the Cabinet Office.

I also have general research interests in comparative industrial relations; German collective bargaining and trade unions; civil service industrial relations and pay determination in the UK.

I have supervised five PhD candidates to completion (in the areas of European Works Councils, Call Centres in Greece, union organising in the Civil Service and union workplace organisation and representation in the Royal Mail and Ministry of Defence). I am currently supervising two doctoral students in the areas of the work-life balance of Chinese female white collar workers and the utilisation of migrant workers in Sweden and the UK.

Selected Publications

  • French SR and Hodder A. 2016. Plus ça change: The Coalition Government and Trade Unions. In Employment Relations under Coalition Government The UK Experience, 2010-2015. Routledge. doi> link>
  • French SR. 2014. Migration into the United Kingdom: employers and the function of migrant labour. In Contemporary Issues in Management. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • French SR. 2012. Beyond ESOL: Assessing the propensity of east European migrant workers to undertake further and higher education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, vol. 17(1), 125-142. doi>
  • FRENCH S. 2008. I sindicati, la riforma del welfare e il terzo settore in Germania. In Sindacati e reti di welfare in Europa. Ciarini A and Santis GD (Eds.). Roma: Patronato INAS CISL. link>
  • Daniels G and FRENCH SR. 2006. The growth of work-life balance and family-friendly policies and the implications for employment relations. International Employment Relaions Review, vol. 12(2), 9-19.

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Books

  • Birsl U, Sole C, Bitzan R, Parella S, Alarcon A, FRENCH SR, Schmidt J. 2004. Migracion e interculturulidad en Gran Bretana, Espana y Alemania. Barcelona: Anthropos.
  • FRENCH SR, Birsl U, Bitzan J, Schmidt J. 2003. Migration und Interkulturalitat in Grossbritannien, Deutschland und Spanien: Fallstudien aus der Arbeitswelt. Leske & Budrich. link>

Journal Articles

  • French SR. 2012. Beyond ESOL: Assessing the propensity of east European migrant workers to undertake further and higher education. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, vol. 17(1), 125-142. doi>
  • Daniels G and FRENCH SR. 2006. The growth of work-life balance and family-friendly policies and the implications for employment relations. International Employment Relaions Review, vol. 12(2), 9-19.
  • FRENCH SR and Daniels G. 2006. The UK's work-life balance: the limit of employer policies and legal regulation. European Industial Relations Review, vol. 387, 25-29.
  • FRENCH SR. 2005. The work-life balance: evidence from across the United Kingdom. European Industrial Relations Review, vol. 380, 27-29.
  • French S. 2004. German Unions: A crisis of influence. International Union Rights, vol. 11(1), 8-9.
  • French S and Weissmeyer C. 2004. Tackling racial discrimination at work. European Industrial Relations Review, 28-32.
  • French S. 2004. The 2002 works council elections: Results from IG Metall sectors. European Industrial Relations Review, 33-36.
  • French S. 2003. Globalisation: Myth & Realities. International Union Rights, vol. 10(2), 32.
  • French S. 2003. Review of E O'Hagan, Employee Relations in the Periphery of Europe: The Unfolding Story of the European Social Model. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 151-153.
  • French S. 2002. Information & consultation rights: A re-evaluation of German works councils. Federation News, vol. 52(2), 18-20.
  • French S. 2002. Within and beyond I G Mettall: A comment on Richard Hyman's understanding Euorpean Trade Unionism. Historical Studies in Industrial Relations, 135-138.
  • FRENCH SR. 2001. Works councils in unified Germany: still loyal to the trade unions?. International Journal of Manpower, vol. 22(6), 560-578. doi>
  • FRENCH SR, Arrowsmith J, Gilman M, Richardson R. 2001. Performance Related Pay in Healthcare. Journal of Health Serices Research and Policy, vol. 6(2), 114-119. doi>
  • French S. 2001. German Works Councils under Pressure. European Industrial Relations Review, 19-22.

Chapters

  • French SR and Hodder A. 2016. Plus ça change: The Coalition Government and Trade Unions. In Employment Relations under Coalition Government The UK Experience, 2010-2015. Routledge. doi> link>
  • French SR. 2014. Migration into the United Kingdom: employers and the function of migrant labour. In Contemporary Issues in Management. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • FRENCH S. 2008. I sindicati, la riforma del welfare e il terzo settore in Germania. In Sindacati e reti di welfare in Europa. Ciarini A and Santis GD (Eds.). Roma: Patronato INAS CISL. link>
  • FRENCH SR and Marsden D. 2002. Paying for Performance: An International Comparison. In Performance pay in the United Kingdom: The case of the Inland Revenue Service. Brown M and Heywood J (Eds.). ME Sharpe.
  • Marsden D and French S. 2002. Performance pay in the United Kingdom: The case of the Inland Revenue service. In Paying for Performance: An Internatinal Comparison. Brown M and Heywood JS (Eds.). Sharpe M E, Armonk, New York.

Other

  • Andrew J, French S, French T, Mchrke J, Pugh R, Sedman D. 2002. A feasibility study assessing the viability of a refugee and asylum seeker translation and interpreting enterprise project in North Staffordshire: Final report.
  • Marsden D, French S, Kubo K. 2002. Why does performance-pay demotivate? Financial incentive vs performance appraisal. Universal wisdom through globalization selected papers from the 12th IIIRA Congress, Tokyo.
  • Marsden D, French S, Kubo K. 2001. Does performance pay de-motivate, and does it matter?.

I have taught across a wide range of modules at Keele and other universities.  Currently I teach;

  • An introduction to political economy (The British and Global Economy) to year 1 students
  • Foundations of the Employment Relationship module to full-time students on the MA in HRM course at Keele.

I teach on a number of modules to part-time post-experience students at Keele and on the joint Certificate course run with Unite the Union, focusing particularly on British trade unionism, comparative industrial relations and globalisation. I regularly undertake guest lectures for trade unions (including Unite, the PCS and the GMB) as well as other CPD activities.