single table bargaining

single table bargaining

a form of COLLECTIVE BARGAINING where all the trade unions in an organization sit together in negotiations over pay and conditions of employment. The alternative is separate negotiations between each union and management. The benefit of single table bargaining is that it inhibits leapfrog bargaining where each bargaining group tries to outdo the others. The trend in the UK is towards greater use of single table bargaining in those organizations that negotiate with trade unions.
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The spread of so-called single table bargaining (in which a single employer bargains jointly with several unions with which it had previously negotiated individually) often involved the joining of unions representing manual and staff unions, as occurred at Lucas Industries (IRRR 1989; Marginson and Sisson 1990).
First, in some instances multiple unions come together to form a single bargaining unit ("single table bargaining").