Wages, productivity, security top priorities for labour, management in 2019

#MeToo movement, diversity initiatives also having an impact
By Monica Haberl and Natalie Arruda
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/27/2019
Jerry Dias
Unifor national president Jerry Dias speaks at a rally across the Detroit River from GM’s headquarters, in Windsor, Ont., on Jan. 11, 2019. Credit: Rebecca Cook (Reuters)

While top negotiating issues for both unions and employers remain fairly stable compared with years past, the management-labour climate is anything but status quo, according to Labour Relations Outlook 2019: Finding Stability in a Shifting Landscape from the Conference Board of Canada.

The top bargaining issue both for management and unions is wages — which has been the case for the last decade.

The other top concerns for management are productivity and flexible work practices, while labour is focused on employment security and health benefits, based on a survey of 368 employers in the summer of 2018.