Collective Bargaining and Negotiation

Effective collective bargaining and negotiation skills for industrial harmony

The ILO Pakistan Office, under its flagship project, Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains (LSGSC), organized a four day training workshop on ‘Collective Bargaining and Negotiations Skills’ in Islamabad from 5-8 March, 2018. The objective of the workshop was to enhance the capacities of the stake holders of the world of work, promote healthy industrial relations and foster a culture of strengthened social dialogue that contributes to productivity and industrial peace. The participants constituted of the representatives of the government, employers and workers organizations.

Press release | Islamabad, Pakistan | 14 March 2018
ISLAMABAD (ILO News): The ILO under its Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains project (LSGSC) organised a four day workshop on “Collective Bargaining and Negotiation Skills” for its tripartite constituents; Government, Employers and Workers representatives from 05-08 March 2018 in Islamabad.

The workshop provided participants from KPK, Punjab, GB, ICT and State of AJK an opportunity to discuss effective negotiation techniques that allow mutual gains and strengthens relationship.

The workshop was co-facilitated by the ILO Senior Programme Officer, Mr Fernando Fonseca from ITC Turin and Mr William Thomson in collaboration with the LSGSC project team.

Ms Belinda Chanda, Programme Analyst, ILO Pakistan in her closing remarks emphasised on principles of effective negotiation based on good faith, full consultation and fair representation. She also emphasised that the ILO facilitates constituents in promoting social dialogue and facilitating the implementation of ILO Standards by providing technical assistance for developing legislative frameworks, institutional strengthening, training, education and research.

The subject of industrial relations is regulated by the Industrial Relations Act (IRA). After devolution, the provinces have promulgated IRAs that provide a regulatory framework and mechanism to regulate workplace relations. The objective of these IRAs is to promote harmonious industrial relations, efficiency, productivity, and decent work. Employers’ and workers’ organizations are the key players in an industrial relations system. However, the role of trade unions is unique in addressing the core issues of wages, working conditions, and job security. Indeed, an enabling environment is the outcome of government policies duly endorsed by the social partners – the employers and the workers.

The ILO advances collective bargaining and negotiation structures and processes as a means to resolve important economic and social issues, encourage good governance, advance social and industrial peace and stability, and boost economic progress.

The ILO is implementing a number of projects across the Asia Pacific Region aimed at promoting fundamental principles and rights at work, through increasing the capacity of partners in areas such as labour dispute management, collective bargaining and social dialogue, in efforts to enhance sound industrial relations in various sectors.

The ILO Country Office for Pakistan organized this event under German funded Labour Standards in Global Supply Chains Project in Pakistan.