Taking confrontation out of collective bargaining

By Stephen D. Smith
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/05/2003

It is a daunting prospect for many, but collective bargaining has been the most common process for settling labour disputes in Canada for decades.

And so, for decades, employers and unions have relied predominantly upon a largely confrontational approach to end workplace impasses.

In the past few years however, there has been a good deal of discussion about more collaborative approaches to negotiation such as “interest based bargaining” (IBB) or “win-win bargaining.”