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posted 6 Nov 2013, 06:04 by Gerry Kangalee   [ updated 6 Nov 2013, 06:54 ]



The Labour Advisory Bureau, a non-profit company set up by the National Workers Union (NWU), has organised a course designed to develop the skills of union activists involved in the collective bargaining process. 

It is scheduled to take place on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th November 2013 from 8.00 am to 4.00 pm both days at the Transport and Industrial Workers Union (TIWU), 114 Eastern Main Road Laventille. Participation fee is $600 which covers meals and course materials. Space is limited to 25 participants only and it is expected to be a very intense session. 

The course covers the following areas:

Historical, political, economic and social perspectives; A vision for the future; From proposals to settlement; The legal framework; The balance of power; Preparation of proposals; Submission of proposals; Collective bargaining issues; Third party intervention on breakdown of negotiations; Inclusion of major items in proposals; Claiming our territory; The money in your pocket; Deferred money; Soft issues (social wage); Procedural issues; Unnecessary provisions; Negotiating the collective agreement.

The Labour Advisory Bureau has written to the trade unions inviting them to select participants for the course and has also written an open letter to those who may want to avail themselves of the opportunity to participate on their own volition.
The Course is aimed primarily at trade unionists who are either already involved in collective bargaining, or are expected to become involved in negotiations. The facilitators of the course will include veteran trade unionists with decades of experience in negotiations. 
Collective bargaining is central to the work of any trade union. At its most narrow, it is the process by which workers improve their terms and conditions of employment. More fundamentally, it is what gives workers the ability to increase control over their workplace and contributes towards tilting the balance of power of favour of the working class, as it struggles to improve its conditions of existence, while working toward the ultimate elimination of the rule of capital.
This will be the second seminar the Labour Advisory Bureau has held for the year. The first was held on September 13th and 14th and dealt with Industrial Court practice. it was attended by twenty five trade unionists from eight unions

For further information contact Ms. Gillian Winter-Roach at the Labour Advisory Bureau Office: 221-2LAB (2522). Participants may register by downloading, completing and returning the attached Registration Form.

Gerry Kangalee,
6 Nov 2013, 06:04
Gerry Kangalee,
6 Nov 2013, 06:04