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The Process of Enterprise Bargaining in a Manufacturing Organisation


Nelson, LG and Frith, A, The Process of Enterprise Bargaining in a Manufacturing Organisation, The Journal of Industrial Relations, 43, (4) pp. 462-469. ISSN 0022-1856 (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1472-9296.t01-1-00029


Among the reforms to Australian industrial relations since the 1980s has been a shift in emphasis away from the traditional centralised system to enterprise-based bargaining. The rhetoric of a decentralised approach to bargaining has focused on negotiated agreements, which result in ‘win-win’ outcomes for the parties involved. However, there is some debate about whether such outcomes are mutually advantageous. In a case study within the manufacturing industry, bargaining processes and outcomes were examined. The bargaining process appeared to follow four distinct stages in which management adopted a flexible approach, enabling the company to adjust strategies as the bargaining proceeded. On examination of the outcomes, a number of problems and issues were revealed in addition to the benefits perceived by management. A major issue related to the fact that management orchestrated the bargaining process so that genuine negotiations could not be said to have occurred. Rather, the process could be best described as pseudo bargaining. © 2001, Sage Publications. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Industrial and employee relations
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Management and productivity
Objective Field:Industrial relations
UTAS Author:Nelson, LG (Dr Lindsay Nelson)
ID Code:22327
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Management
Deposited On:2001-08-01
Last Modified:2002-06-25

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