THE FUTURE OF COLLECTIVE BARGAINING - Industrial Relations Management

In several industrialized nations, there has been a decline in the number of workers covered by collective bargaining. Many forces have combined to bring about this decline. Decline in trade union membership has been the fundamental force, followed by the preferences of employers for individualized pay under the influence of HRM strategies, the decline of centralized bargaining structures and the growth of enterprise level negotiations that tie benefits to the economic situation of the firm.

With collective bargaining, as with trade unions, adversaralism is acknowledged to be the root of the problem. There is a general agreement that the future of collective bargaining lies in ability to transform itself to a problem solving technique between labour and capital.

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