Approaches and Theories Regarding Industrial Relations

1694 WordsFeb 24, 20187 Pages
There are many different approaches and theories regarding industrial relations today and each one of them have different perspective and approach in resolving the conflict at work place. In order to understand and be able to analyze what are the good industrial relations, there is a need first to understand how the industrial relations are actually defined and what do they refer to. As explained by Barnetson, Lesson note 1, Introduction, “it is the relations between the labour and management”. This relations in Canadian capitalist economy includes labor market offer and demands where the“ workers agrees to provide their time and skills (labour) to the employers in exchange of wages and benefits” (Barnetson, Lesson 1, Employment in Capitalist Economy) in order to support themselves. Rules, procedures and practices are defined which oblige the employer and employee to act accordingly. Another very important point in industrial relation and probably the most frequent source of conflict between the two parties is the wage effort bargaining. “The wage-effort bargain relates to how hard and productively the employees are going to work, given the terms and conditions of their employment contract” (Lesson 1, The Labour Process and the Wage-Effort Bargain). In other words, the employer wants their employees to be productive and efficient for the least possible wages while employees want the good conditions and maximum wages in order to compensate their efforts. The industrial
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