Working effectively with Trade Unions

Working effectively with Trade Unions

This highly practical (one-day half-day) course will benefit HR Specialists and managers who have not previously worked in a unionised environment, who have limited experience of working with trade unions or who would like a refresher course on the collective dimension of employment.

The course will provide a clear understanding of the processes by which a union can become recognised by an employer, and will examine the wide-ranging rights of union members and their representatives in the workplace, whether or not a union is officially recognised. It will consider how to develop and maintain mutually constructive and respectful working relationships with union members and their representatives.

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Course content:

  • An overview of the background to current industrial relations
  • The difference between voluntary and statutory recognition
  • The status of collective bargaining and collective agreements
  • The roles and rights of trade union officials and members
  • The number of union representatives and their constituencies
  • The difference between consultation and negotiation
  • Dealing with ballots and industrial action
  • Promoting good employee relations and ‘win-win’ solutions

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