Managing in a Trade Union Environment

Time and Place
Start Time:Tuesday, May 29, 2018 9:00 AM
End Time:Tuesday, May 29, 2018 1:00 PM
Held By:Barbados Employers' Confederation
Location:Barbados Employers' Confederation
Regular Admission:$375.00 Early Bird / $375.00 Late Bird (Members)
 $475.00 Early Bird / $475.00 Late Bird (Non-members)
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The training programme entitled “Managing in a Trade Union Environment” targets Human Resource Professionals, Managers, Supervisory Staff and Small Business Owners.


By the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

• Read and understand a collective agreement.

• Identify what is a code of discipline

• Follow the correct procedure for disciplining employees and thus avoid costly missteps.

• Create a working environment conducive to positive industrial relations.

• Outline both their role and the role of other parties in the unionized environment.

• Define a grievance and outline why the grievance procedure is important.

• Understand how to conduct a grievance hearing.

Participants will Learn:

• What is a Collective Agreement

• The substantive terms found within the agreement

• The importance of knowing the key areas addressed in the Collective agreement

• What employees can expect

• The Scope of the Collective Agreement- i.e. the sections will be included, e.g. bargaining units, grievance procedures, code of discipline, management rights and responsibilities and union rights and responsibilities.

Introduction to Positive Discipline

• Identify the duties and responsibilities of the employer and the employee

• Positive discipline and the essential features of a disciplinary process

• Key elements of a code of Discipline and the importance of following protocol

• The importance of documentation

• The importance of consistency

• What changes to your management style are necessary in order to manage effectively in the new unionized environment.

• Understanding the possible consequences of not following the recommended approach to positive discipline Grievances

• What is a grievance

• Types of Grievances

• What is a grievance procedure, why is it important

• How to conduct a grievance hearing.


The topics outlined will be presented using teaching techniques such as lectures/ interactive discussions, group activities, which will take the form of a case study/role play.

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