Hard bargain: transforming public sector labour-management relations

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McGilligan Books, Nov 25, 1996 - Business & Economics - 205 pages
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When union reps hear their daily diet of cuts and contracting out in the media, they can look forward to another stressful but predictable day -- life in a stable, if difficult, labour-management relations environment. What happens when the old rules no longer apply? In Hard Bargain, researcher and former trade unionist Peter Warrian cogently describes how deficit pressures, anti-big government sentiment, and new management techniques -- from Citizen's Charters in England to New Zealand's Contract State -- have constructed a new environment for the public sector worldwide. Warrian argues that solving the problems of the Canadian public sector requires revamping public sector industrial relations, not busting unions, and analyzes innovations and new strategies in use across North America. Hard Bargain is essential reading for policy analysts and union negotiators, human resource managers, as well as a fine addition to resource libraries of academics, researchers and students.

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