Collective Bargaining Agreement Training

At Costless Warehouse, a person recently fired over embezzlement charges and his lawyer against a large company claimed that the real reason for the exit was racist bias. At the MAPO administrative hearing, a police union and municipal representatives negotiate the salaries and benefits of police officers. Finally, in the context of collective bargaining within the central department, trade union and management representatives in the telecommunications sector have the opportunity to move from the traditional difficult negotiations that have characterized their relationship to a more resolute approach to contract negotiations. The PON faculty has used several of these role-playing simulations to help parties worried about upcoming negotiations explore options for previous opposing battles that have led to strikes. Three representatives of the teachers` union and three representatives of the school committee are participating in this negotiation of a four-hour, bipartite employment contract in several parts. Internal team meetings are required prior to external negotiations. The Brachton Teacher`s Union is negotiating with the city`s school committee teachers` contracts that are coming to an end. In most cases, the parties` ability to negotiate is conflicting and undermines the trust that underlyes strong labour relations. The Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention, 1948 (No. 87) and the Right to Association and Collective Bargaining Convention, 1949 (No. 98) lay the foundations for a democratic and stable employment relationship.

The importance of promoting collective bargaining is enshrined in the 1981 Collective Bargaining Agreement (No. 154) and its Recommendation (No. 163). The skills, knowledge and competencies of those representing employers` and workers` organizations are essential to avoid labour disputes and to achieve results and agreements that are in the interests of all parties. Effective negotiating skills are not just “common sense.” . . .

Tjip de Jong

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