equality bargaining

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A term that refers to the inclusion of equal opportunity and equal pay issues in the agenda for collective bargaining between trade unions and employers. Research indicates that equality bargaining is not a feature of many agreements and this has been explained in terms of the absence of women from negotiating roles and the conservatism of both management and trade union negotiators, who tend to confine bargaining to a narrow and customary range of issues. There are indications, however, of some unions seeking to promote equality bargaining in recent years.

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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