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The surrender of benefits or wages by the employees of a company. That is, a giveback occurs when the management persuades the workers to agree to a reduction in wages and/or benefits. Givebacks reduce a company's overhead and, for that reason, tend to please shareholders. However, critics maintain that they are bad for the company's long-term sustainability. See also: Labor relations.
The relinquishment by employees of certain existing benefits or contract provisions. For example, many companies engaged in manufacturing have asked for employee givebacks on the premise that lower costs are needed in order for the companies to be more competitive with foreign producers. Givebacks are good news for investors because they result in higher profits or smaller losses for the company obtaining the concessions.