Management holds upper hand in labour negotiations

Job losses to overseas labour markets leave unions little room to manoeuvre, report says
By David Brown
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/09/2004

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his will Be the year management negotiators can go into collective bargaining and make demands for productivity improvements while unions, happy just to hold onto jobs, may have no choice but to listen, according to a report from the Conference Board of Canada.

“Every indication points to a tough year for unions, with the pendulum of power remaining firmly in management’s camp,” states the business think-tank’s Industrial relations outlook: Job security versus productivity.