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Working with Unions in those Difficult Situations

Effectively Work with Unions within the requirements of the relevant legislation


One day


• To ensure a current knowledge of the Employment Relations Act

• To understand your rights and obligations

• Dispute resolution

• Methods to resolve disputes and reach agreement

• Reaching negotiation closure


The Legal Environment

• Key features of the current legislation

• The Employment Relations Act core requirements

• The different types of employment arrangements

• Essential standard terms

• What can and cannot be achieved within these difficult situations

Your Rights and Obligations

• How legislation impacts on you and your organisation

• Your obligations when employing new staff

• Your rights and obligations

• Good faith

Methods to Resolve Disputes and Reach Agreement

• Strategies and tactics you can use in these difficult situations

• Managing the potential escalation of interpersonal conflict and personal grievances

• Ways of keeping both parties in the negotiation process to ensure a satisfactory conclusion

• How to understand your employee – union needs, preparing for resistance and getting agreement

Reaching Negotiation Closure

• Strategies to close the situations with a win-win

• Traps to avoid when attempting closure

• The importance of records