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Working successfully with trade unions training

This highly practical course on how to work with trade unions provides the necessary knowledge for those who need to work with unions or their members and gives delegates the opportunity to put learning into practice in a safe environment.

Due to the decline in union membership, many line managers and HR professionals have little or no experience of working within a unionised environment. However, union recognition is now increasing and union members and their representatives have extensive rights in the workplace, whether or not the union is officially recognised. Delegates will be educated in how to use these rights.

  • Course content
    • The background to trade unions and industrial relations
    • The modern framework
    • The difference between voluntary and statutory recognition
    • Collective bargaining and collective agreements
    • Roles and rights of trade union officials and members
    • An understanding of the numbers of union representatives and their constituencies
    • The difference between consultation and negotiation
    • Dealing with ballots and industrial action
    • Negotiations for a ‘win-win’ solution.
  • Pre-requisites
  • There are no pre-requisites for this course.

  • Assessment
  • No assessment but delegates receive a certificate of attendance.

  • More details
  • By completing this course, delegates will:

    • Understand the framework for industrial relations in the UK
    • Know how to develop constructive working relationships with trade union representatives and union members
    • Be aware of the roles and rights of trade union officials and members
    • Understand when to consult and when to negotiate
    • Understand the principles of collective bargaining and collective agreements
    • Be more able to create a climate of good employee relations.