The Canadian Industrial Relations System: Current Challenges and Future Options

The Conference Board of Canada, 37 pages, April 14, 2004
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The Canadian industrial relations system has changed very little since the 1930s. But is the current system aligned with today’s business climate? Is it overly adversarial? Is it efficient and effective? This study examines these questions from the perspectives of labour, management and academe, and explores options for improvement.

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The Canadian industrial relations system has changed very little since its inception in the 1930s. But is the current system aligned with today’s business climate? Is it overly adversarial? Is it efficient and effective? What is working and what is not? This study examines these questions from the perspectives of labour, management and academe, and explores options for improvement. The key finding is that while the Canadian industrial relations system is fundamentally sound, there are areas prime for improvement. Both labour and management agree on two things: good labour relations is contingent on the quality of the people involved, and we need to find ways to make the system more efficient, effective and balanced. In the end, we must look for opportunities to create a more collaborative culture in Canadian workplaces to ensure the long-term sustainability of our businesses.

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