Essays on Unions and Collective Bargaining Case Study

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The paper “ Unions and Collective Bargaining” is an exciting variant of the case study on human resources. Unions and collective bargaining is an integral aspect of the industrial relations policy. For several years employees have joined unions to act as a mechanism of collective bargaining. The process of collective bargaining is mainly concerned with negotiations between a group of employees or their union and their employer in order to determine effective conditions of employment. It is evident that the Austrian industrial relations policy has acknowledged the indispensable role that is played by unions in collective bargaining.

Nevertheless, a major challenge facing unions and collective bargaining in Australia today is a decline in the number of workers that belong to unions or what is referred to as union density. This paper seeks to present a submission to the minister of Employment, Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz, to highlight the importance of Unions and collective bargaining. The paper will examine the issue of declined membership in unions, citing the causes of the decline, and the relevant changes that can be adopted to address the issue. The importance of Unions and Collective BargainingOver the previous decade, industrial relations and labor laws in Australia have experienced increased transformation.

A case in point is the Fair Work Act 2009, which has promoted the use of Unions and collective bargaining as a method of improving industrial relations (Waugh, 2010). Unions and collective bargaining has therefore been very significant to workers, employers and even the government. A significant contribution of unions and collective bargaining is that it has promoted the freedom of association. In order for freedom of association to prosper there is need for employees to be vastly unionized.

Furthermore, the industrial system should also encourage collective bargaining. International law offers a fertile understanding into the scope and nature of the issue of the freedom of association of employees. In 1948 countries of the world adopted the first international convention that dealt with the protection of the freedom of association.

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