productivity bargaining


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productivity bargaining

see COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, PRODUCTIVITY.

productivity bargaining

a form of COLLECTIVE BARGAINING that deals with ways of improving PRODUCTIVITY alongside WAGES and conditions of work. It can involve both change in existing work practice (see RESTRICTIVE LABOUR PRACTICE) and the introduction of new work methods that call upon the workforce to be more flexible and adaptable in exchange for improved pay prospects.

Productivity bargaining can help firms to become more efficient and more responsive to change in market conditions. More generally, productivity bargaining can improve the supply-side efficiency of the economy and counter COST-PUSH INFLATION. See SUPPLY-SIDE ECONOMICS.

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Under what conditions is federal sector productivity bargaining most likely to be successful?
Industry after industry have been forced to engage in productivity bargaining in which they attempt to buy with higher wages and fringe benefits the union's agreement to changes in work rules or clauses limiting management's flexibility.
The NBPI, which existed between 1964 and 1971, was concerned not just with wage restraint but with promoting productivity bargaining.
Experience of productivity bargaining, however, had usually shown that changes in negotiating or disputes procedures could involve costs to one or both the parties which had to be included in the negotiations.
Ahlstrand's admirable case study provides a reevaluation of productivity bargaining at Fawley.
Ahlstrand's main conclusion is that productivity bargaining at Fawley was largely a failure, and certainly never fulfilled the hopes that Flanders and other academics and practitioners placed in it.
His use of the symbolic perspective (of ritual, myth, and rhetoric) to explain the continued use of productivity bargaining depsite its past failures is also clear, pertinent, and effective, though some questions remain.

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