Work stoppages few and far between this year

The Conference Board of Canada predicts labour relations will be very positive in 2001

Labour relations will be positive this year, with few work stoppages, according to a report by the Conference Board of Canada.

Only three per cent of organizations surveyed by the Board said they expect a strike or lockout this year.

The Conference Board expects modest wage gains in the year ahead. Wages are expected to increase at about 3.6 per cent in the non-union sector and 2.5 per cent in the unionized sector.

Management will be focusing on issues such as the effective deployment of workers, worker training and job descriptions. Unions will focus on issues of job security, pensions and wage increases.

The study, Industrial Relations Outlook 2001, can be purchased from the Conference Board of Canada.

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