Collective bargaining is a fundamental right. It is rooted in the ILO Constitution and reaffirmed as such in the 1998 ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work. Collective bargaining is a key means whereby employers and their organizations and trade unions can establish fair wages and working conditions. It also provides the basis for sound labour relations. Typical issues on the bargaining agenda include wages, working time, training, occupational health and safety, and equal treatment. The objective of these negotiations is to arrive at a collective agreement that regulates terms and conditions of employment. Collective agreements may also address the rights and responsibilities of the parties, thus ensuring harmonious and productive industries and workplaces. Enhancing the inclusiveness of collective bargaining and collective agreements is an important way of reducing inequality and extending labour protection. During this three-week online course, participants will have the opportunity to become familiar with collective bargaining principles and their practical application around the world, giving them a better grasp of the positive contribution collective bargaining can make to a country's labour relations.
Employers' and workers' representatives, ministry of labour officials, government officials, dispute-resolution agency officials, industrial relations practitioners, officials of the ILO and other international organizations.